An Ilorin, Kwara State High Court on Thursday restrained members of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress or any person or officers of the party from dissolving or taking any action towards dissolving Kwara State Executive Committee of the party.
The court granted the application after hearing the submission of Abdulwahab Bamidele, counsel to Isola Balogun-Fulani (Chairman of Kwara State APC), Chief Christopher Tunji Ayeni (Secretary, Kwara State APC), who are claimants/applicants in the suit number KWS /292/218, filed before the court of Justice T. S. Umar.
Balogun-Fulani and Ayeni had dragged the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and five others before the court on the purported dissolution of the Kwara State APC executive committee by the NWC of the party.
Other defendants/respondents in the suit include Mallam Mai Mala Binu, National Secretary of APC, the party, APC NWC, INEC and Hon. Bashiru Bolarinwa (for himself and on behalf of members of the so-called or purported caretaker committee of Kwara State chapter of APC).
The reliefs granted the applicants by the court include: “This honourable court restrains the members of the NWC of the third defendant or any person or officers of the third defendant purporting to act for the third defendant from dissolving or taking any action towards dissolving Kwara state executive committee of the third defendant represented by the chairman/applicant who are duly elected to office as members of the executive committee of the third defendant in Kwara state on May 19, 2018, in accordance with the constitution of the third defendant pending the hearing and determination of the claimants/applicants motion on notice.
“That this honourable court restrains the sixth defendant and other members of the so called or purported caretaker committee of Kwara state chapter of the APC from showing off or parading themselves or performing any function or duty specified for members of the executive committee of the third defendant either individualy or collectively as members of the executive committee of members of caretaker committee of the third defendant in Kwara state pending the hearing and determination of the claimants claimants applicants /applicant motion on notice.
Kwara PDP guber candidate denies forging NYSC certificate
The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara state, Barr. Razak Atunwa, has denied as a media report that he forged his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificate.
An online medium, Premium Times, had reported that Atunwa skipped the mandatory NYSC and forged the certificate of the scheme.
The online medium had said Atunwa, a former speaker of the state House of Assembly, stayed back in the UK after his education rather than present himself for the scheme.
According to the report, “It is not clear if the House of Representatives member presented any NYSC certificate in 2005 when he returned to Nigeria and joined the cabinet of Bukola Saraki, then governor of state.”
But in a swift reaction on Monday, Atunwa said he did not submit any unsupported NYSC certificate as suggested by the online medium.
The PDP gubernatorial candidate added: “I did not submit any unsupported NYSC certificate as suggested by you (Premium Times).
“I strongly advise that you verify each and every assertion you wish to make. You may wish to make formal enquiries/verifications of all institutions concerned.
“You should also be circumspect enough to authenticate the provenance of any document you may be handed if it’s not from a formal and official source.
“An organisation such as yours should not fall short of the required legal and ethical standards.”
95% of APC govs with me, no gang-up to remove me – Oshiomhole
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiohmole, on Monday dismissed as untrue the reported gang-up by APC governors against his leadership of the party.
Oshiomhole had on Sunday in a statement by his press secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, alleged that conservatives within the party are ganging up to pass a vote of no-confidence in him.
He said in the statement that his sin was his refusal to allow continued impunity and circumvention of due process being perpetuated in some states.
He added that he was not surprised by the gang up, as he never had the illusion that the process of reforming the party was going to be an easy one.
But, Oshiohmole, who fielded questions from State House correspondents in Abuja, said only one or two out of the 23 state governors under the platform of the APC were vehemently opposed to his leadership style.
He said: “Maybe there is one or two governors who have issues and those issues can only be resolved democratically within the spirit, the letter and all the relevant positions of the APC constitution, the APC Election guidelines and of course the Electoral Act.
“The Electoral Act is completely blind and our party’s rules also are completely blind to power but it’s sensitive to procedures; it is sensitive processes.
“The good news is that overwhelming majority (of the governors), we have about 23 governors, I think maybe one or two may have some situations they would like to see differently.
“But that is the way the world is, but we should uphold the rules. But, it is not correct to suggest that there is a move to remove me.
“Yes, one governor has publicly said he would ensure that I’m removed – that is fine. The beauty of democracy is anyone or two could say something but the majority is what matters.
“But even those two when they have deeper reflection would recognize that what I have done is to stubbornly insist that the rules are obeyed, nothing more nothing less.’’
Oshiohmole, who described the ongoing political outcry in some quarters as his finest moment, said he would continue to support the interest of the ordinary members of the party against those of the powerful elements or political bigwigs.
He said he was very encouraged by the level of participation of members of the party in the political processes including the just concluded party’s primaries across the country.
Oshiohmole however declined comment on the Monday’s Supreme Court ruling which set aside an interim order of the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, which gave the APC, the go ahead to conduct its Ward, Local Government and State Congresses in Rivers State.
He said he needed lawyers’ interpretation of the ruling before passing any comment.
Court didn’t bar APC from sending Delta candidates’ list to INEC – Party
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State has denied reports that a Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, has restrained the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party from submitting the list of party candidates for the 2019 election from Delta State to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In a statement made available to newsmen in Asaba on Wednesday by the legal adviser of the APC in Delta State, E.V. Onojeghuo Esq, the party described the report as false and lies cooked to deceive party faithful and cause disaffection in the party and amongst members of the public.
Read the full statement below:
The attention of the All Progressives Congress, Delta State has been drawn to the above-mentioned subject currently being circulated in various social media platforms and news outlets.
This case was instituted by one Chief Cyril Ogodo who participated and lost the congresses to elect a new executive committee. In his claims before the honourable court, he is seeking amongst other things a declaration as the authentic State Chairman of the Party and order restraining defendants from submitting names of candidates to INEC.
On 16th October 2018, when the case came up, the defendants informed the Court of their inability to file responses to the Claimants application for injunction. After much argument, the case adjourned to today the 17th of October for hearing.
In today’s proceedings, Counsel George Onaho Esq for the 1st and 2nd defendants (APC and the National Chairman) served their Counter affidavit and the Notice of preliminary objection to the jurisdiction of the Court. The counsel for the Claimants O.J. Oghenejakpor asked for a stand down to react to the preliminary objection which was granted.
On resumption, counsel to the Claimants served his reply to the preliminary objection on the counsel for the 1st and 2nd defendants whereupon the counsel for the 1st and 2nd defendants applied for an adjournment to file a reply on points of law which was opposed to by O.J. Oghenejakpor who insisted on going on with the motion for interlocutory injunction.
At this point, the honourable court informed O.J. Oghenejakpor the counsel to the Claimants that the motion for interlocutory injunction cannot be taken as the prayers in the motion are substantially the same as the main reliefs in the substantive suit. The court thereafter adjourned the matter to 1st and 2nd of November 2018 for accelerated hearing of the substantive case and preliminary objection to be taken together and the parties to maintain status quo.
The implications of today’s proceedings are:
- No Order restraining the defendants was made by the honourable court.
- The status quo to be maintained simply means that the State Executive Committee under the chairmanship of Prophet Jones Ode Erue remains the authentic structures in the State.
- It stands logic on the head to assume that the Court has technically restrained the defendants by asking parties to maintain status quo when the honourable court has rightly observed that the motion for interlocutory injunction carries the same reliefs as the substantive suit and even refused to entertain the said motion.
- The defendants are therefore at liberty to carry out their constitutional duties as there are no legal restraints imposed by the honourable court.
In the light of the above, we appeal to all faithful members of our great Party to remain calm and not be sway by social media pranks as the records of the Court are sacrosanct.
E.V. Onojeghuo Esq
APC State Legal Adviser
INVESTIGATION2 days ago
EXCLUSIVE: FG moves to arrest Delta Senator, James Manager, seize properties worth N5bn
NEWS2 days ago
Court fails to grant Fayose bail, case adjourned
THE NATION16 hours ago
NITDA continues nationwide cybersecurity awareness workshops
INVESTIGATION23 hours ago
Insiders reveal: NHIS Chairman fighting Executive Secretary for exposing N1.5bn fraud, others
NEWS23 hours ago
Lagos pepper seller dies in police custody
NEWS2 days ago
Sekibo to Nigerians: Seek information on domestic investment opportunities
THE NATION1 day ago
FMBN inaugurates N8m houses for Nasarawa civil servants
NEWS2 days ago
Edo deputy speaker impeached