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Oshiomhole-led NWC was sacked to end the Party’s internal crises, APC tells Court

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has, in documents filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja by its lawyer, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), explained that the sack of the Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) was informed by the needs to end the various internal crises that pervaded the party’s rank and file.

In a counter-affidavit it filed against a suit, marked: FHC/ABJ/ CS/736/2020 by Kalu Agu, who claimed to be a member of the party in Abia State, the APC said the crises that had characterized its affairs ended immediately the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, led by Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni was put in place.

The APC contended that the suit filed by Agu was designed to destabilize the party’s current peace building and reconciliation efforts.

APC further said that Buni and other members of its National Caretaker Committee are eminently qualified for their appointment and pleaded with the court to dismiss the suit.

Agu had filed a suit challenging the June 25, 2020 decision by the APC to sack the Oshiomhole-led NWC.

The APC also wants the court to reject a motion by Agu, seeking to have the case heard during its ongoing vacation and to abridge parties’ time to file their processes faulting Agu’s claim that the suit was pre-election in nature and ought to be determined within 180 days.

APC’s lawyer Fagbemi argued that the suit has no particular life span adding that the subject of the suit did not relate to any particular election.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo has scheduled ruling for September 18 on whether or not the case could be heard during the court’s ongoing long vacation.

Other defendants in the suit are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Governor Buni, Isiaka Oyebola, Ken Nnamani, Stella Okorete, Governor Sank Bello, Dr James Lalu, Senator Abubakar Yusuf, Hon Akinyemi Olaide, David Leon, Professor Their Mamman, Isiaka Ahmed and Senator John Akpanudoedehe.

The plaintiff in the suit, contended that the party’s constitution guarantees four year tenure for its officials, and that in breach of the same constitution, APC’s NEC, at a meeting on June 25, 2020, at the presidential villa Abuja, “passed an illegal and unlawful resolution dissolving the NWC and setting up an illegal caretaker committee of the NWC.”

According to Agu, members of APC’s NWC had barely spent two years out of their four years in office before they were purportedly dissolved by the NEC.

Consequently, he prayed the court to declare the dissolution of the NWC as unconstitutional, illegal, null and void and another declaration that the recognition accorded the caretaker committee is unconstitutional and illegal.

Agu also wants the court to restrain the National Caretaker Committee from putting into effect the resolution of the APC’s NEC meeting passed on June 25, 2020, and to restrain INEC from recognizing, dealing with or relating with the caretaker committee in whatever guise to usurp the functions of the NWC.

Additionally, Agu wants the court to compel INEC to continue to recognize members of the sacked Oshiomhole-led NWC as the authentic national officers of the party and to strike down Article 17 of the APC’s constitution, which provided for the appointment of officers into the organs of the party, for being inconsistent with Section 223 of the 1999 Constitution and Section 85 of the Electoral Act of 2010.


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