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Governor’s defection: 10 Zamfara APC LG Chairmen challenge dissolution in court

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Governor’s defection: 10 Zamfara APC LG Chairmen challenge dissolution in court

By Abubakar Ahmed

A group of 10 local government presidents of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state filed a complaint with the Federal High Court in Gusau, challenging their recent dissolution by the party’s acting national president, Alhaji Mai-Mala Buni.

A copy of the lawsuit obtained by the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) on Tuesday in Gusau indicated that the case was filed in court on Monday, July 12.

NAN reports that the Chairman of the Interim Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the APC (CECPC) and the Governor of Yobe State, Mai-Mala Buni, announced on June 29 the dissolution of the entire leadership structure of the APC. party in Zamfara while receiving Governor Bello Matawalle in the APC of the PDP.

The plaintiffs, Alhaji Abdulaziz Danmaliki and nine others seized the court on this matter, through DC Enwelum (SAN), Bello Umar & Co., lawyers and notaries of Zamfara located in Gusau.

The lawsuit has APC CECPC chairman Alhaji Mai-Mala Buni as the first respondent, the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the second respondent and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the third respondent.

The plaintiffs want the court to determine whether the president of the CECPC had the right to dissolve them and transfer party affairs, and whether the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) can legally accept and deal with any other party officer in the party. ‘State, other than the complainants.

They asked the court to declare as “mere oral announcement, of the dissolution, on June 29, as an illegal act and not contrary to article 14.1 (lll), (V) and (Vlll) of the party constitution. “

They also claim that the dissolution does not extinguish the legal rights of the plaintiffs and that the first defendant does not have the right to remove the plaintiffs duly appointed by the National Party Secretariat on December 8, 2020.

They argued that the June 29 announcement dissolving all cadres and party structures in the state is null, void and ineffective, as well as asking the court to order the third defendant (INEC) not to not accept or deal with another state. agent other than applicants.

The plaintiffs also urged the court to overturn and rescind the announcement made by the first defendant, dissolve the leaders and hand over the party’s business to Governor Matawalle as party leader.

They also asked the court to order that the appointment of the plaintiffs stand.

They asked the court to prevent the first and second defendants from disrupting their tenure pending the holding of congresses at all levels and also to prevent the third defendant from recognizing or dealing with other members.

Enwelum (SAN), the lawyer in the case, argued that the defendants should respond within 30 days of receiving the July 12 summons, failing which “proceedings may be initiated as the presiding judge may judge. fair and timely “.

NAN further reports that the crisis began in the APC after June 29, the defection of the state governor, Bello Matawalle from the PDP to the APC during which the chairman of the CECPC party dissolved all structures. state executives and announced the governor as the new head of the party.

However, this development has not been well received by some stakeholders. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

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