APC Crisis Deepens As Member Asks Court To Nullify State Congresses, Dissolve Buni-Led Committee

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Court Asked To Nullify State Congresses, Dissolve Buni-Led Committee.

A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has sued the -led national caretaker/extraordinary national convention planning committee of the party in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, seeking the nullification of the party’s congresses held across the country on Saturday, as well as the dissolution of the caretaker committee. All members of the committee are named as defendants in the suit filed by the aggrieved party member, Okosisi Emeka Ngwu, FCT/HC/ CV/1824/2021, dated August 2, 2021.

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Governor Buni, Isiaka Oyebola, Ken Nnamani, Stella Okorete, Governor Sani Bello, Dr James Lalu, Senator Abubakar Yusuf, Honourable Akinyemi Olaide, David Leon, Abba Ali, Professor Tahir Mamman, Ismail Ahmed, and Senator Akpan Udoedehe are the defendants in the suit. In his originating summons, filed by his counsel, Chief Oba Maduabuchi, Ngwu requests that the Buni-led caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee be dissolved, claiming that the party’s constitution contains no such organ or organisation.

The claimant also seeks a declaration that under Section 87(4)(b)(1) of the Electoral Act (as amended), only the National Executive Committee (NEC) of a political party can legitimately set a date for primaries for the nomination of the political party’s gubernatorial or other candidates.

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He also asked for a declaration that no valid candidate can emerge from a primary unless it is conducted by the Electoral Act and by an organ known to and created by the APC’s constitution. As a result, he urged the court to issue an order voiding all actions and decisions taken by members of the party’s caretaker committee.

Ngwu asked the court to determine, among other things, “Whether there is any organ of the APC known as caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee created in or by the constitution of the party,” which he backed up with a 10-paragraph affidavit.

The claimant claimed in his originating summons that he wanted to run for APC national chairman after the then-national chairman’s term expired in 2018, but that he was persuaded to allow Adams Oshiomhole to be returned unopposed.

“After only two years, I was surprised to learn that the National Executive Committee and National Working Committee had been dissolved, and a contraption known as the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee had been created by an unknown person, with Mai Mala Buni asked to head the committee unilaterally,” he said.

That surprised me because, according to the party’s constitution, the National Executive Committee would serve for four years, until June 22, 2022.

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“That my supporters and I also understood that only a duly elected National Executive Committee could hold valid primaries to nominate candidates for the party in the various elections to be held between the dissolution of both the National Executive Committee and the National Working Committee and that only a duly elected National Executive Committee could do so.

“That our party’s constitution is unknown to the CECPC, and it operates without regard for the party’s constitution.”

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