Suit to sack APC in­terim exco stalled

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

Pro­ceed­ings in the suit filed by a group within the All Pro­gres­sive Congress (APC), Con­science Group seek­ing to sack the in­terim na­tional ex­ec­u­tives of the party was yes­ter­day stalled be­fore a Federal High Court sit­ting in Abuja over lack of ser­vice.

The court how­ever ad­journed till May 14 for re­port of ser­vice.

Con­science Group, which had just elected a new leader, Chief Tony Ojemba Chigbo, had ap­proached the court pray­ing it to sack its in­terim na­tional chair­man, Bisi Akande, and other ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers.

The group based

its prayer on grounds that the party’s con­sti­tu­tion em­pow­ered the present ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil mem­bers to act in the in­terim for six months, af­ter which sub­stan­tive ex­ec­u­tives would be put in place by a congress.

The plain­tiffs, Iheke Solomon and Nnamdi Ole­bara, who sued for them­selves and on be­half of Con­science Group, sub­mit­ted that the six months pe­riod pro­vided by the con­sti­tu­tion had elapsed on Jan­uary 31, 2014 and hence all the in­terim ex­ec­u­tives of­fi­cers should have va­cated the of­fice.

They also want the court to give an or­der di­rect­ing INEC not to recog­nise or en­ter­tain any of­fi­cial deal­ing with the Akan­deled ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers.

In their grounds for re­liefs sought, the group sub­mit­ted that the ten­ure of six months granted the sec­ond and third re­spon­dents by the con­sti­tu­tion of the party ex­pired on Fri­day, Jan­uary 31, 2014, counted from the Au­gust 2013, when the sec­ond and third re­spon­dents as­sumed in­terim man­age­ment of the af­fairs of the party.

Mean­while, the new leader of the group, Chigbo speak­ing with jour­nal­ists af­ter the court ses­sion, stated that it was a priv­i­lege of bur­den to lead the group at a crit­i­cal time when the cher­ished col­lec­tive ideas of the group is un­der threat.

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