Adams Oshiomhole, the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has stated that his removal from office was overturned by an appellate court.
He made the startling discovery while interacting with reporters during the fundraiser and investiture of Mrs Victoria Unuoarumi as the 10th President of the Rotary Club of Maitama in Abuja.
The court judgement was delivered on July 2, 2020, about two weeks after I was removed from office. I decided to make it public because I saw many commentaries suggesting that people were not aware that the case was dismissed.
“It was over a year that the case was dismissed.
“Initially I was not bothered, but when I saw the way commentators were talking on the issue, I realised that they were apparently not well informed that the case was dismissed.
“I said I should let the world know about it and we published it,” Oshiomhole who was also the chairman of the event said.
He stated that he preferred sleeping on his right side to the legal victory.
He did say, though, that stepping down as APC chairman was not something he regretted.
He stated that he joined the party in order to create a platform capable of ousting the PDP from power.
Despite his dismissal from government, he claims to have accomplished his goal.
Let me repeat what I said shortly after the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC was dissolved when I spoke with journalists then.
“I said then that regardless of the legality or illegality of the issue, I accepted what happened in good faith and I remain committed to doing whatever I can to support the party.
“Am still active in all APC activities and I don’t think that I needed to be a chairman to be of relevance.
“I didn’t join the party to become chairman, I joined in order to form an alternative platform capable of kicking PDP out of power and that objective was achieved.
“It doesn’t matter the way things have gone. The primary purpose was not for me to be APC chairman,” Oshiomhole said.
The former national chairman expressed confidence that Nigeria’s next election in 2023 would go off without a hitch.
“I have hope for 2023. God will not forsake a nation of 200 million people in 2023, our democracy has come to stay, although it’s not perfect, a couple of things could be done to strengthen it.
“I believe that God in his infinite mercy will help Nigeria to sustain its democracy and guide us, as we move towards 2023 and the country will go forward.
“I want all of you to realise that I always make this point because Nigeria is much bigger than the total sum of the problems bedevilling it. So am an optimist, ” he said.
Unuoarumi committed to work hard to take the club to the next level in her acceptance speech.