- Federal High Court has stopped APC's NEC from holding its planned meeting
- APC's NEC had fixed Tuesday, March 17, for the meeting
- The court also asked the NEC to recognise Ajimobi, Bulama and Chukwuma bonafide members
The National Executive Council (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been restrained from going ahead with its meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 17.
Channels TV reports that the order was given by the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos following the crisis rocking the party.
Legit.ng gathered that the court, however, said the NEC could only be allowed to hold the meeting except a former Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and two others, Waziri Bulama, and Paul Chukwuma, are allowed to attend.
Justice Mohammed Liman who made the order while ruling on an exparte application on Friday, March 13, also restrained the APC and its officials from “disturbing, preventing or obstructing Waziri Bulama, Abiola Ajimobi, and Paul Chukwuma from carrying out their duties as acting national secretary, acting national deputy chairman (south) and acting national auditor of the APC, respectively.”
The exparte application was filed by the Lagos state chairman of the APC, Tunde Balogun.
Balogun, in the application, asked the court to compel the APC to recognise Bulama as the party’s acting national secretary; Ajimobi, as the acting national deputy chairman (south); and Chukwuma, as the acting national auditor of the party.
He said the nomination of Bulama was ratified at the meeting of the APC National Working Committee (NWC) held on January 14, 2020; while those of Ajimobi and Chukwuma were ratified at the NWC meeting of March 4.
“By virtue of the ratification stated above, the nominees have become members of the National Executive Council and are entitled by the constitution of the defendant (APC) to work and operate in acting capacities in their respective offices pending their swearing-in at the national convention of the party,” Balogun said.
He, therefore, asked the court to compel the APC to recognise them.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Bayelsa state chapter of the APC suspended twelve of its chieftains alleging that they engaged in anti-party activities.
It was reported that a former minister of state for agriculture and rural development and former governorship aspirant in the last election, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, is among those suspended.
In another report, ahead of the APC NEC scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, a high court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) presided over by Justice S. U. Bature, has restrained top officials of the part from making any interference.
The restraining order by the court affects APC's national legal adviser, Babatunde Ogala, the ruling party's spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu, and its national secretary, Waziri Bulama.
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