According to a source at the headquarters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the suspended Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole collapsed shortly after he received the shocking news that he has been suspended by the Court.
Oshiomhole who was in his office waiting for a favourable outcome after last ditch effort to settle out of court and begin fence mending failed had to be resuscitated by one of his aides, who was assisted by the party’s National Auditor, George Morghalu and his personal driver.
Almost an hour later, he tried to make contact with the President, Muhammadu Buhari but the effort was rebuffed, a source said.
The worried Oshiomhole had to drive alongside one of the National Working Committee members, who still provides his support for the embattled chairman heading to the presidency.
The source said he returned immediately to the party’s National secretariat as effort to see the President failed.
According to the source, the former Union leader in the country picked few things and ordered his office to be locked.
Few minutes later, Daily Mail received a reliable information that Oshiomhole summoned his lawyer and few NWC members who still support him to his home in Asokoro.
The meeting it was gathered is to discuss the way out, either to try and reach a truce through the President who another source said “Is tired of the schism and bickering in the party,” or call for settlement in His home state of Edo, under which the Court premised his suspension.
The source said, “They should be meeting in Asokoro now and an other meeting, an expanded one, is scheduled for 7pm.
“Efforts are still on to reach Mr President. The only saving grace is for out of court settlement. Anything short of that means Oshiomhole is gone.
“Unfortunately, his opponents are many this time and are determined. One man from Cross River State has been pencilled down to take over from Oshiomhole.
“The storm is thick and impenetrable this time,” he noted.
Oshiomhole out witted his godfather, John Odigie Oyegun, who also comes from Edo State, to emerge surprisingly as the National Chairman of APC.
Since his emergence, APC has trudged from one crisis to the other. He has been accused of selling electoral offices for personal gratification, arbitrary substitution of names for elective offices and caused serious political mayhem in his party costing the ruling party several elective positions.
He has also been suspended in Edo State where he was governor for two terms.
He does not see eye to eye with the current governor, Godwin Obaseki, with both aides accusing each of engaging in violence.
Under Oshiomhole, contest for electoral offices has been redefined as he was once quoted to have boasted that, “anyone who can not stand the rigging in an election should not contest.” He later denied saying that despite available video footage.
His suspension on Wednesday was sequel to a Court order granting an application filed by Mustapha Salihu and 5 others.
Justice Danlami Senchi held that the plaintiffs have established a legal right to approach the court saying, “Adam Oshiomhole having been suspended by the APC ward 10 Etsako west local government area of Edo State, can not function as the National chairman of the party.
“The APC has organs and structures in place for running of its affairs. The argument of the respondents that the party will be thrown into chaos if he is suspended is not attainable” and his suspension is therefore granted.
“Political parties must be bound by their constitution”, the court stated.
The case was adjourned to 8th and 9th for hearing.