APC crisis deepens as Dogara, 9 others drag Oyegun to court over congresses

APC crisis deepens as Dogara, 9 others drag Oyegun to court over congresses

- Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of House of Representatives and nine others have dragged Oyegun to court over recently conducted congresses in Bauchi state

- They claimed that the conduct of the congresses was in breach of the APC Constitution and congress guidelines

- Plaintiffs asked the court to halt the state congress holding today, May 19, in their state on account of the pending suit

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and nine others have sued the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, over the conduct of ward and local government congresses of the party in Bauchi state.

The Nation reports that the plaintiffs claimed that the conduct of the congresses was in breach of the APC Constitution and congress guidelines.

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Legit.ng gathered that they asked the court to halt the state congress holding today, May 19, in their state on account of the pending suit.

It was learnt that the action might be the last battle Dogara will fight in APC before defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party.

In the suit filed by A.U. Mustapha, SAN from A.U. Mustapha, SAN & Co, the Speaker alleged that the results of ward and local government congresses in the state were “cooked up.”

The defendants are APC, Oyegun, national secretary of APC, state chairman of APC, Tony Macfoy and Sam Para.

Apart from Dogara, other plaintiffs are Senators Sulaiman Nazif, Isa Hammah Misau and Muhammad Muhammad; Dr. Ibrahim Yakubu Lame; Hon. Ibrahim Zailani; Amb. Yusuf M. Tuggar and Captain Mohammed Bala Jibrin.

The 10 aggrieved stalwarts sought the following reliefs from the Federal High Court, Abuja:

"An order of interim injunction restraining the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants by themselves or through their agents, assigns, privies staff or any other person or persons acting through them from recognising, ratifying or according legitimacy to the ward and local government congresses of the All Progressives Congress conducted in Bauchi State on the 5th and 12th day of May respectively, pending the determination of the motion on notice.

"An order of interim injunction restraining the Defendants, their agents, cohorts, privies or any other persons deriving authority from recognising the purported ward and local government congresses conducted in Bauchi on 5th and 12th days of May, 2018 respectively.

"A declaration that the purported ward and local government congresses of the All Progressives Congress purportedly conducted in Bauchi state on the 5th and 12th days of May 2018 respectively are illegal, invalid, null and void and of no effect whatsoever.

"A declaration that the results declared by the 5th respondent pursuant to the purported ward and local government congresses are illegal, invalid, null, void and of no effect whatsoever.

"An order restraining the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants from recognising the purported ward and local government congresses of the All Progressives Congress conducted in Bauchi state on the 5th and 12th days of May, 2018 respectively.

"An order directing the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Defendants to immediately conduct fresh wards and local government congresses in Bauchi state.

"An order restraining the persons who were declared as winners at the purported wards and local government congresses purportedly held on the 5th and 12th days of May, 2018 respectively from parading themselves as executive officers/delegates of the 1st defendant’s wards and local government Areas of Bauchi state.

"An order stopping them from conducting or taking any step to conduct the state congress of the All Progressives Congress or any other congress in Bauchi State pending the determination of the motion on notice.

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While suit FHC/ABJ/CS/521/2018 has not been assigned by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdu Kafarati, the Speaker wrote a letter to Oyegun (through his counsel) requesting the party to stay action on the state congress today in view of the pending action.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, called on disgruntled members of the party in Oyo state, a group called Unity Forum, to bury the hatchet and settle the internal crisis tearing the party about.

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Source: Legit.ng

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