2019: Fresh Crisis Rocks APC As Legal Adviser Faces-off With Oshiomhole
The internal crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken a new dimension.
The party’s National Legal Adviser, Babatunde Ogala has accused the National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole of usurping the functions of his office.
Ogala also accused the party’s National Chairman of violating the constitution of the party..
In an internal memo dated November 6 and addressed to Oshiomhole, Ogala accused the national chairman of denigrating the party’s legal department.
In the memo, Ogala said since he became the party’s legal adviser on June 25, his department has not been funded.
He alleged that Oshiomhole had sidelined him and refused to consult him over issues his office are supposed to handle.
In the four-page letter, Ogala said: “I am constrained to put this memo and complaint in writing in the light of the repeated acts of usurpation and deliberate encroachment on my office and attempt to undermine my person and the office.
“You will recall that you have previously done this in two previous matters wherein you had purportedly without recourse to me briefed the Law Firm of D. D Dodo & Co. in Suit No: FCT/HC/CV/9265/2018. Ugwumba Uche Nwosu Vs. APC & 1or.
"And you also without recourse to us debriefed the law firm of Adeniyi Akintala, SAN who had been briefed by the office of Legal Adviser.
“As if that was not enough, you procured a secretary in your office to depose to an affidavit on behalf of the party wherein the deponent lied on oath that he had the authority of the Party to depose to the said affidavit.
"The motion filed by the Law Firm of D. D. Dodo & Co. also told a lie that processes was served on the Legal Department in a certain Suit No: FCT/ HC/BW/CV/307/2018. Senator Hope Uzodinma v. APC & 2011: but that was not brought to your notice.
"This was an assertion that was false in every material particular and an attempt to denigrate the legal department and my office as no such process were served to the legal department. “When I became aware of this aberration and falsity, upon your raising same at the National Working Committee meeting, I vehemently protested same and took serious exception to the encroachment whilst vowing to resist same.
"I also quoted copiously from the party’s constitution which clearly defined the duties of the National Legal Adviser and that of the Chairman.
“You accepted and apologize to me at the meeting and I honestly believed that lessons have been learnt and moved on."
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"You also subsequently called me on phone to meet you at the airport in Lagos for us to further mend the fences after the intervention of our national leader. I gave you the honour and assured you that all was over and moved on.
“However to my consternation, my office was served with a Memorandum of Appearance in Suite no: FHC/ ABJ/ CS/1107/2018. Senator Osita Izunaso &2ors vs. INEC & 2ors, wherein the law firm of D. D. Dodo & Co is purporting to enter appearance for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a matter that the legal department did not give them any such brief.”
The latest crisis is comes three months to the general election and at a time the ruling party ought to be focused on the campaigns.
This is also coming weeks after Oshiomhole fell out with some governors over the outcome of the party’s primaries.
He was allegedly invited by the Department of State Services (DSS) based on allegations of bribery leveled against him.
While the chairman has denied the allegations, the opposition has taken advantage of it, calling on anti-graft agencies to probe Oshiomhole.
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