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Court Strikes Out Suits Challenging The Dissolution Of Oshiomole Led APC

Court Strikes Out Suits Challenging The Dissolution Of Oshiomole Led APC
  • PublishedJune 22, 2021

Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, pushed away two different suites, challenging the dissolution of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) under Comrade Adams Oshiomole and appointment of a National Caretaker Committee.

It was gathered that a chieftain of the party, Hillard Eta filed the first suit, while the second suit was filed by a former Youth leader of the party in Abia state, Barr. Kalu-Kalu Agu.

The two suits specifically requested that the court to make a pronouncement on the legality or otherwise of the June 17, 2020, National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the APC which dissolved the NWC and appointed a National Caretaker Committee, led by Governor Mai-Mala Buni of Yobe State.

Justice Taiwo held in his judgment that the two plaintiffs that filed the separate suits do not have the legal right (locus standi) to institute the legal action against the party.

Ruling on the preliminary objections filed by the defendants, who are Buni led Caretaker Committee members, the court held that the plaintiffs did not show nor prove how the dissolution of the NWC on June 17, 2020, by 16 out of 20 members of APC NEC infracted on their civil rights and obligation more than any other member of the party.

“There must be a nexus between a plaintiff and the cause of action”, the court held and noted that the plaintiffs did not follow condition precedents of exhausting the internal mechanism for resolving issues before filing the legal action.

“The court found out also that for the APC to be a plaintiff in the suit, there must be an existence of a faction and, “In the affidavit deposed to by the 2nd plaintiff, there was nowhere he claimed to belong to a faction.”

Consequently, the judge struck out the name of APC as a party in the suit and held that the issues raised in the suits of the plaintiffs are internal affairs of the party and are, therefore, not justiciable.

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