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APC: Court to hear suit seeking dissolution of Buni-led caretaker c’ttee Dec 17

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Friday Olokor, Abuja

Justice Babangida Hassan of a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Jabi, Abuja on Tuesday fixed December 17 to commence hearing in a suit filed by an aggrieved member of the All Progressives Congress, Okosisi Emeka Ngwu, seeking an order setting aside all actions and decisions taken by the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the party.

In the suit marked FCT/HC/CV/1824/2021, and filed by his lawyer, Chief Oba Maduabuchi (SAN), the plaintiff is further seeking an order of court dissolving the committee known as and called the Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee.

He listed other defendants to include the APC, Isiaka Oyebola, Ken Nnamani, Stella Okorete, Governor Sani Bello, Dr. James Lalu, Senator Abubakar Yusuf, Hon Akenyemi Olaiade, David Leon, Abba Ali, Prof. Tahir Mammam, Ismail Ahmed and Senator James Akpan Udoedehe.

Ngwu stated that he wanted to contest the position of the National Chairman of the APC in 2018, when the term of the national chairman of the party expired but was prevailed upon to allow Adams Oshiomhole to be returned unopposed.

He said that after two years, he was surprised to hear that the National Executive Committee and National Working Committee had been dissolved and the CECPC contraption had been created by an unknown person and Mai Mala Buni asked unilaterally to head the committee.

According to him, he was surprised because by the constitution of the party, the NEC should be in office for four years until June 22, 2022.

He is therefore seeking a declaration that unless an election is conducted in accordance with the Electoral Act and by an organ known to and created by the constitution of the APC, no valid candidates can emerge from such a primary.

The plaintiff queries whether there was any organ of the APC known as Caretaker/Extra Ordinary Convention Planning Committee created in or by the constitution of the party and whether the organisation known as and called Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee was one of the organs created by Article 11 of the constitution of the political party known as and called the APC.

Meanwhile, the court has granted an order for extension of time for the APC to enter its appearance in the suit and to file other processes as were prayed by its counsel, Daniel Akinwale.

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