Fighting back: Oshiomhole’s dissolved NWC drags APC, INEC to Court

  • Sat Nov 28 2020


The National Executive Committee(NEC) of the APC had sacked the party’s National Working Committee(NWC), led by the then National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole at its meeting held at the Presidential Villa on June 25, 2020 ————> The meeting was attended by the highest officer of the party, President Muhammadu Buhari, and a caretaker committee was set up to take over the activities of the party after the NWC led by the then National Chairman was dissolved. ————> Now, a former National Vice Chairman and ex-acting chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Hilliard Eta, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to nullify the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the party and declare him as the Acting National Chairman of the party. —————-> The NEC meeting was attended by the President, Major General Mohammadu Buhari(retd), Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Senate President, Ahmed Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; governors elected on the platform of the party and other party stakeholders, and installed Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni as the head of the caretaker committee. —————> Owing to the raging crisis the party had faced, NEC meeting was called, during which it passed a resolution to give the Buni-led interim committee a six-month tenure within which to organise a national convention to produce the substantive leaders of the party.——————> Eta on November 26, 2020 filed his fresh suit challenging the dissolution of the Oshiomhole-led NWC which he was part of. He sought various orders of injunction to restrain the Buni-led committee from taking any further steps on behalf of the party which may include planning the party’s convention. The suit was instituted on his behalf by his lawyer, Dr Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN), with the APC made the first plaintiff and Eta the second.————-> The plaintiffs argued among others that by virtue of Section 183 of the Nigerian Constitution and Article 17 (iv) of the constitution of the APC, it was an illegality and a void act for a person to hold an executive office in the government simultaneously with an office in any organ of the APC at any level, in whatever capacity. ————-> He expressed concerns that INEC “no longer deals” with the duly elected executive of the APC but on the contrary recognised the 1st to 5th defendants in all matters concerning the 1st plaintiff, which contravenes the constitution of APC.—————-> They also prayed for an order of perpetual injunction restraining INEC “from recognising and/or continuing to recognise the 1st to 5th defendants as National Chairman, National Secretary or members respectively of the caretaker/extraordinary convention planning committee of the APC.” They also sought an order mandating the sixth defendant (INEC) to recognise and deal with the second plaintiff (Hilliard Eta) as the Acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress”. ————-> The suit has yet to be assigned to a judge. ————->> Source:

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