APC crisis: Sokoto court restrains party from appointing Issa-Onilu, others

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Barely 24 hours to the scheduled emergency National Executive Committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress, a Sokoto High Court has restrained the party from appointing or electing “Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu or any member” into its top positions except through a National Convention.

A copy of the Court Order dated March 13th, 2020, was sighted by The PUNCH, in Abuja, on Monday.

The APC National Vice Chairman (North West) Inuwa Abdulkadir is in court challenging the appointment of the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, which he claimed was not done in accordance with the provisions of the APC Constitution.

The party’s NWC also recently announced the appointments of former Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and three others as national officers of the party.

The interim order which was granted by Justice Mohammed Mohammed, was in respect to a case instituted by Abdulkadir, who is the Plaintiff; against the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa Onilu, and INEC who are listed as first, second and third defendants.

The plaintiff urged the court to grant the following prayers:

“An order of interim injunction, restraining the defendants or any other organ of the 1st defendant from appointing or electing 2nd defendant or any member of the 1st defendant in substantive capacity or whatsoever save and except through a National Convention in accordance with the constitution of the 1st defendant pending the hearing and determination of motion on notice on SS/ M. 106/ 2020 now pending before this court.

“An order of interim injunction, restraining the defendants or any other organ of the 1st defendant except the National Convention from appointing, electing or ratifying the appointment of 2nd defendant or any member of the 1st defendant into the National Executive committee except in compliance with the 1st defendant’s constitution as well as in accordance with the provisions of section 233 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice on SS/M. 106/ 2020 now before this court.

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“And for any further orders that the court will deem fit to make in the circumstance.”

See comments and reactions:

Charles Ujunwa Ingreen: The court is even a stupid Court. Haven’t she heard another court has given an order and stay away?

Destiny Uwo: I see the crisis in APC from the chemist point of view. When a chemical expires, you begins to see the breaking of the different components that make up. Hope the party will not expires before 2023 expiration date

Idowu Isiak: This people are just jumping from one court to another to obtain restraining orders against the party. Struggle for the control of the party. 2023 presidential virus indeed.

Tunde Ilupeju: Soonest… The second batch of ambitious members in APC will leave the party, just like the first batch that left before the 2019 general election. But before then APC will almost totally collapse.

Jloo Idahosa: But why e be say court dey fast for these kind matter?? And some matter dey spend 20yrs for court them.never still judge am??

Evang G. E. Asuama: Whatever thing(s) you collected by deceit, force, threat of life that, “dog and bamboo will soak in blood” and so on. If you don’t kill that thing, that thing will kill you!
APC will know peace cause they obtained the power by violence and threat of life without following due process.

Meshach Onyeche: this means, APC will not have a National Chairman and National working committee. Sokoto didn’t restate Adams Oshiemole, but asked the party not appoint any steering committee.

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