Adams Oshiomhole, suspended national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday said he has accepted the decision of the appeal court which upheld his suspension.
Oshiomhole said this when he appeared on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme.
Oshiomhole was handed a suspension by an Abuja high court in March 2020 but he appealed against the judgement in the appeal court — The appellate court on Tuesday, upheld the high court’s decision.
Appearing on Channels Television, Oshiomhole said his next line of action will be determined by his lawyers.
“We thank their lordships, they have given their judgement. In our democracy, the court is an independent arm of government,” he said.
“When they hand that judgment, it is not for you to pick whether you will obey or not. I accept their judgement in good fate.
“My lawyers will advise having studied the judgement, what the next line of action will be. So at this point, I will just thank their Lordships for their judgment and look forward to my lawyers on what should be the next line if there should be another next line of action.”
Asked if he would instruct his lawyers to appeal the ruling of the appellate court, he said: “What I do next would be based on my legal advice and my lawyers will act on that. I don’t think I need to communicate that through the television. It’s a relationship between a lawyer and his client. And I think we should leave it at that.”
Oshiomhole also stated that Victor Gaidom, deputy national secretary of the APC, is not next in line for his position and should refrain from acting in that capacity to prevent destabilising the party.
Meanwhile, Gaidom declared himself as national chairman on earlier on Wednesday but APC had announced Abiola Ajimobi, former governor of Oyo state, as the acting national chairman of the party on Tuesday night.
“In the absence of the chairman, it should be deputy chairman; in the absence of the deputy, it should be the vice-chairman, how does the deputy national secretary come in?” Oshiomhole asked
He urged members of the party to put the interest of the APC first decision using “any externality to destabilise the party”.