Suit to sack APC interim exco stalled
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.