BREAKING: Court Issues Fresh Order on APC National Convention

BREAKING: Court Issues Fresh Order on APC National Convention

  • The chances of the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s national convention to hold as scheduled are now very bright
  • An FCT high court ruling on Friday, March 18, vacated the order which restrained the party from holding the convention
  • An aggrieved member of the APC, Hon. Salisu Umoru, is behind the restraining order which has now been vacated by the court

FCT, Abuja - An FCT high court has issued an order vacating the restraining injunction against the national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which is scheduled to hold on Saturday, March 26.

Justice Bello Kawu on Friday, March 18, held that a member of a political party cannot sue the party, Daily Trust reported.

Court Vacates Order Restraining APC Convention
The APC national convention is on course to hold on March 26 as a high court in Abuja vacates the restraining order stopping it. Photo credit: The Governor of Niger-State
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He said the the order of November 18, 2021, has been overtaken by a recent Supreme Court judgement on a similar matter.

How the restraining order was obtained gathers that an aggrieved member of the APC, Hon. Salisu Umoru, had sought to restrain the APC, Governor Buni and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from organising any convention until the determination of his suit.

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Vacating the order, the court fixed Wednesday, March 30 for the substantive suit filed by Umoru, TheCable also reported.

The application seeking to set aside the November 18, 2021 ruling of the court restraining the convention was earlier stalled after two lawyers, Shuaibu Aruwan (SAN) and Michael Adoyi, both announced appearances for the APC.

In the application dated March 9, 2022, the APC asked for an order striking out the suit in its entirety for want of jurisdiction.

However, Mike Enahoro-Eba, counsel to the claimant, Hon. Umoru, objected to the commencement of the hearing arguing that the rules permit the respondents seven days to reply to the application for setting aside.

He said the issue of defence counsel had just been resolved and they would need time to join issues with the pending applications before the court.

How Buni secured 'nuclear weapon' to destroy APC convention - El-Rufai

Earlier, reported that the governor of Kaduna state, Nasir E-Rufai, disclosed that unknown to the caretaker committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni's lawyer got a court order in agreement with a petitioner in the party to halt the planned convention.

El-Rufai said discovering this, APC bigwigs came to understand that there were persons in the party who were working against the convention.

The Kaduna governor disclosed that when this was brought before President Muhammadu Buhari, he ordered that Governor Sani Bello be made the chairman of the ruling party in an acting capacity.


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