A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Jabi has fixed December 17 for the hearing of a suit seeking to set aside all actions and decisions taken by the Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
In the suit marked FCT/HC/CV/1824/2021, and filed by an aggrieved member of the APC, Okosisi Emeka Ngwu, through his lawyer, Oba Maduabuchi (SAN), the plaintiff is praying the court dissolves the committee known as Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee.
The defendants listed in the suit 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 claimed that he had interest in contesting for APC National Chairman in 2018, when the term of the national chairman of the party expired but was held out on, to allow Adams Oshiomhole to be returned unopposed.
He stated that, he was surprised to hear after two years that the National Executive Committee and National Working Committee had been disintegrated and the CECPC contraption had been form and headed by Mai mala Buni.
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 prayed the court to declare that unless an election is conducted in accordance with the Electoral Act and by an organ known to be and created by the APC, no valid candidates can emerge from such a primary.
The plaintiff urged the court to determine whether or not a valid candidate or officer of the party can be elected from a congress fixed by any other organ of a political party outside the NEC of a political party, including the APC.
Meanwhile, the court has granted the prayers of APC’s lawyer, Daniel Akinwale, for an order to extend the time to enter appearance and to file other court processes.