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APC: Court Rules On Suit Seeking To Sack Buni As National Caretaker Chairman

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ruled that the National Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Yobe State Governor, Mai-Mala Buni is legally constituted.

Justice Taiwo Taiwo gave the ruling on Tuesday in his judgment on two suits challenging the dissolution of the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC.

The judge then proceeded to strike out both cases.

TrackNews online reports a former South-South National Vice Chairman of the party, Hilliard Eta in the name of APC instituted one of the suits while the second suit was instituted by a former APC Youth Leader in Abia state, Kalu Kalu Agu.

Both suits are challenging the stay in office of the caretaker committee led by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.

The suits marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/736/2020 and FHC/ABJ/CS/1589/2021 respectively had sought an order to determine the legality or otherwise of the June 17, 2020 National Executive Committee meeting which dissolved the NWC and appointed a National Caretaker Committee led by Yobe State Governor, Mai-Mala Buni.

They had prayed the court to declare the Buni-led NWC as unlawful.

The court held that the plaintiffs did not show or prove how the dissolution of the NWC on June 17, 2020 by 16 out of 20 members of APC NEC infringed on their civil rights and obligation more than any other member of the party.

It added that both plaintiffs don’t qualify to institute the case in court.

“There must be a nexus between a plaintiff and the cause of action,” the judge said, and noted that the first plaintiff did not fit properly into who a plaintiff should be, while the second plaintiff, Hilliard Eta “referred to himself as a regular member of the party.”

“I am of the well considered view that issues raised by the plaintiffs are not justiceable. They are issues of internal affairs of a political party.

“It is sheer waste of time and there is no reason to consider the substantive matter,” the judge said, before striking out both cases.

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