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Five APC Chieftains Tell Court To Stop Planned Party Convention

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  • …they argued that many members of the party had gone to court to challenge the outcome of congresses that held in the 34 states… 

EKO HOT BLOG reports that five aggrieved chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have approached the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja for an injunction to stop the party from going ahead to conduct its planned national convention.

The Plaintiffs- Suleiman Dimas Usman, Muhammed Shehu, Samaila Isahaka, Idris Isah and Audu Emmanuel- told the court that they are members of the party in Zamfara state and the Federal Capital Territory.

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They told the court that the APC Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, led by the governor of Yobe state, Mai Mala Buni, is planning to hold a national congress, despite the fact that some states, including Anambra and Zamfara, are without state executives.

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In an affidavit they attached in support of the suit, the Plaintiffs, told the court that the party had on October 16, 2020, conducted congresses in only 34 states for the purpose of electing executive committees for the states.

They told the court that no congress was held in both Zamfara and Anambra states, thereby leaving the two states without executives.

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The Plaintiffs contended that since both the Constitution of the party and the Electoral Act stipulated that state executives are the ones to vote during national congress, the two states without executive committee members would be disenfranchised and denied the right to participate, should the party proceed to conduct its planned national convention in February.

Besides, they argued that many members of the party had gone to court to challenge the outcome of congresses that held in the 34 states, on grounds of irregularity and non-compliance with the party’s constitution and the Electoral Act.

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Meanwhile, no date has been fixed for a hearing yet.

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