By Ononye VC
The Acting Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Anambra State, Chief Basil Ejidike, has said the Enugu appeal court judgment that reinstated Barrister Emeka Ibe as party chairman was belated.
According to Ejidike, who spoke to Daily Trust via the phone, what necessitated the court action had been addressed and taken over by events.
He said he was never elected chairman but an acting chairman who came to being in 2019 when the party dissolved all the elected chairmen in the country including the then national chairman , Adams Oshiomhole.
“I think the judgement was for the elected chairman who issued had been treated. I’m not in court with any body. I was never elected; I am just acting chairman who came to power when the party dissolved all the party executives both state and federal. Honestly, the judgment is belated because the party has gone beyond that issues now ” he said .
A Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu had on Tuesday reinstated Barrister Emeka Ibe as the Anambra state APC chairman.
Some had interpreted the judgement to mean that Ejidike has been removed.
The appeal court had set aside the judgement of an Awka High Court, which sacked Emeka Ibe in 2020.
The chairmanship aspirant of the party, Onyi Uzochukwu, had dragged the party to court after the APC congress.
According to an Awka high court , Mr Ibe was not properly nominated, as he did not purchase the form of the party as required by the party’s guidelines.
Given the Awka high court judgement , the national chairman of the party Adams Oshiomhole, appointed Mr Ejidike in a letter dated January 11 to the State Deputy Chairman, to communicate the decision of the National Working Committee (NWC).