Recuperating former governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has reacted to his appointment as the acting national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), saying he is fit to take up the responsibilities of running effectively the affairs of the crisis-ridden political party.
Ajimobi had been announced for the office by the APC national working committee in the aftermath of the order of the Court of Appeal affirming the suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman.
There have been genuine concerns about Ajimobi’s fitness for the office considering that he is presently receiving treatment in the hospital having been diagnosed of Covid-19 few weeks ago.
However, Bolaji Tunji, the special adviser on communication and strategy to the former governor, said “of course”, when asked by Global Excellence magazine if he was fit to face the rigour of running the show at the moment.
Earlier, Ajimobi, who before his new appointment, was the deputy national chairman of the APC, had released a statement calling for peace among party stakeholders.
The statement signed by Bolaji Tunji said;
“…Senator Abiola Ajimobi calls on stakeholders to continue to observe the peace as he assumes position as acting National Chairman of the APC,” adding that “a meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC), would be called soon to resolve all contentious issues. We should therefore let peace continue to reign until we call the NEC meeting and take a position on the way forward.”
Senator Ajimobi took over the leadership of the party in line with Section 14 subsection 3 of the APC constitution that states that, “the Deputy National Chairman shall act as the National Chairman in the absence of the National Chairman from his zone”.
It would be recalled that Senator Ajimobi took over as the Deputy National Chairman in March 2020 when the NWC wrote a letter to the Southwest to nominate a candidate for the vacant position of the Deputy National Chairman (South) when the position became vacant with the appointment of Otunba Niyi Adebayo as Minister.
The appointment of Senator Ajimobi received the support of five of the Six South West states of Oyo, Ondo, Osun, Ogun and Lagos with Ekiti alone protesting the nomination. This was however not enough to stop the nomination as Ajimobi had majority of the states in the zone supporting his nomination.
Ajimobi’s appointment into the NWC was further affirmed by a Federal High Court.