APC Convention: Abia Stakeholders Demand Disqualification of Emenike’s Faction
- There seems to be a challenge getting Abia APC delegates to be on one page ahead of the party's national convention
- Just twenty-four hours before the ruling party's national convention, some stakeholders in Abia APC have approached a high court
- The party stalwarts are calling for the disqualification of a faction of the APC in the southeast state led by Chief Ikechi Emenike
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FCT, Abuja - Ahead of the national convention of the All progressive congress (APC), critical stakeholders of the party in Abia state have approached an Abuja High Court, calling for the disqualification of the Chief Ikechi Emenike-led faction from the exercise.
The stakeholders led by Mr. Ibe Ogwuma in suit no: FCT /HC/CV/1012/2022 demanded an order dissolving the purported congresses conducted by Emenike and his associates.
Also joined in the originating summons as respondents were Chief Friday Nwosu and Ikenna Anyalewachi.
The stakeholders also prayed for an order restraining Chief Kingsley Ononugbu from parading himself as the state chairman of APC in Abia state, stressing that he is a product of the aforementioned "kankaroo" congress.
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They argued that the duo lacks the powers to validly produce and present a list of delegates to the national convention of the party on behalf of the state chapter of the party.
They also called for an order directing the APC not to associate, discuss or collect any convention list or it’s like from Emenike and Ononugbu.
Among the prayers were an order mandating the National Caretaker Committee in All Progressive Congress led by Governor Mai Mala Buni to install a caretaker committee in Abia state APC branch as recommended by the party's reconciliatory committee.
In a separate suit no FCT/HC/CV M/3785/2022, Ogwuma also sought an interim injunction restraining the APC from associating, discussing, or collecting any convention list or it's like from Emenike and Ononugbo pending the determination of the substantive suit before the court.
It also sought an interim order restraining Ononugbu from parading himself as the state chairman of the party on the basis that he is a product of a kangaroo congress.
APC convention: Abdullahi Shinkafi withdraws from chairmanship contest
Meanwhile, one of the aspirants for the APC national chairmanship contest, Abdullahi Shinkafi, has withdrawn from the race.
According to him, he withdrew due to the party’s zoning of the position to the north-central geopolitical zone of the country.
Shinkafi announced his withdrawal from the contest in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital on Monday night, March 21.
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff Pulls Out of APC chairmanship race
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Senator Ali Modu Sheriff recently pulled out of the APC national chairmanship race, saying he doesn’t want to oppose the zoning formula of the party.
Briefing journalists on Sunday, March 20 in Abuja, Senator Sheriff said he has respect for the leader of the party President Muhammadu Buhari and so he will not continue in the race.
He thanked his campaign team for their steadfastness and says except the party reviews its zoning formula he is no longer contesting.