The internal crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress, APC, has taken a new dimension, as the party’s National Legal Adviser, Babatunde Ogala, has accused Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman, of hijacking his Office.
In an internal memo which was made public, and addressed to Oshiomhole, Ogala accused the National Chairman of denigrating the party’s Legal department.
Media sources could recall, that this is coming weeks after Oshiomhole fell out with some Governors of the party, over the outcome of the party’s primary elections, across the country.
In the memo, Ogala revealed that since he became the party’s Legal Adviser, on June 25, his department has not been funded.
He alleged that Oshiomhole has sidelined him, and refused to consult him over issues his Office are supposed to handle.
“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”, Ogala said.
“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 Akintola, 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 an affidavit on behalf of the party, wherein the deponent lied on oath that he had the authority of the party on depose to the said affidavit.
“The motion filed by the Law Firm of D. D. Dodo & Co., also told a lie that processes were served on the Legal Department in a certain suit No: FCT/HC/BW/CV/307/2018. Senator Hope Uzodinma vs APC & 2ors, but that same 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 never served on the Legal department.”
He said that the Chairman on an earlier occasion, had apologised to him after he protested the encroachment into his Office.
“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”, he wrote.
“I also quoted copiously from the party’s constitution, which clearly defines the duties of the National Legal Adviser, and that of the Chairman.”
“You accepted and did apologise to me at the meeting, and I honestly believed that lessons have been learnt and moved on. 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 suit 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.
“We immediately responded by writing a letter to the Firm, to let them know that we have no record of the brief to represent the party in the suit. They have since responded that they were briefed by one Godwin Yakwe, who is not a staff of the Legal Department.”
The Legal Adviser disclosed further, that the latest attempt to usurp his Office, was a move by Oshiomhole, using Ibrahim Masari, the National Welfare Secretary.
“I had received a soft copy of a purported affidavit in support of a motion on notice, in a matter filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja between the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)”, he said.
“The said affidavit was deposed by Ibrahim Kabir Masari, the National Welfare Secretary, and purporting to have the authority of the National Working Committee.
“It was therefore to my consternation, shock and surprise, that I stumbled on the affidavit deposed to by the National Welfare Secretary, purporting to act on behalf of the NWC. I was elected to protect the party’s constitution, and not have same disobeyed by will, I will not shirk the responsibility.”