Abuja court sacks IPAC's chairman Ameh, declares his stay illegal

Abuja court sacks IPAC's chairman Ameh, declares his stay illegal

- A court has declared continued stay of IPAC chairman, Peter Ameh, unconstitutional

- INEC had in 2019 de-registered 74 political parties

- The report says that the de-registered parties cannot continue to be members of the inter-party advisory council

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An Abuja high court presided over by Justice Binta Mohammed has declared the continued stay of the chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Peter Ameh, as illegal.

Channels TV reports that the court, in its judgement on Tuesday, June 9, said, Ameh can no longer continue to remain in office as IPAC chairman, since his party, the Peoples Progressive Alliance has been de-registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Legit.ng gathered that shortly after INEC de-registered 74 political parties, the remaining 18 parties met and passed a resolution to appoint an interim management chairman to run the affairs of the council.

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Dissatisfied with the resolution, the National Unity Party (NUP) approached the court to challenge the decision of the 18 political parties as they asked the court to declare that the interim management committee put in place by the 18 political parties, was not validly elected, therefore, cannot run the affairs of IPAC.

Abuja court sacks IPAC's chairman Ameh, declares his stay illegal

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After listening to the submissions of counsel on the matter, Justice Mohammed, in her judgment, said, the 74 political parties, having been de-registered by INEC cannot continue to be members of the inter-party advisory council.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a Federal High Court in Benin City on Monday, June 8, granted an order restraining the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, from conducting any primary election in Edo state.

According to the report, this is pending the determination of the suit on Thursday, June 11, ahead of the Edo state governorship election.

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However, Obaseki and his loyalists in a counter move, declared that the party would not adopt a direct primary election since the indirect alternative is also allowed by the constitution of the party.

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Obaseki, through his special adviser on media and communication strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said that going by the safety rules outlined by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, only indirect primary is appropriate for the state at this time.

This is coming after the party displayed the credentials of all the six aspirants. The information of all aspirants was displayed at the party's national secretariat in Abuja and Benin City, the Edo state capital for claims and objections from party members and the public.

The six gubernatorial aspirants who obtained, filled, and submitted their nomination and expression of interest forms are Governor Obaseki, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Rt. Hon. Dr. Pius Odubu, Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, Hon. Osaro Obazee and Hon. Matthew Aigbuhuenze Iduoriyekemwen.

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