Court Vacates Order Restraining APC Convention
On Friday, the Federal High Court in Abuja issued a decision dismissing the restraining order against the APC’s National Convention, which was scheduled for March 26th.
In his judgement on Friday, Justice Bello Kawu declared that a member of a political party cannot sue the party.
According to Kawu, the November 18, 2021 decree has been superseded by a recent Supreme Court decision on a related issue.
The substantive action will be heard on March 30.
Salisu Umoru, a disgruntled member of the ruling party, had petitioned the court to prevent the party, its Caretaker Chairman, Mai Mala Buni, and the Independent National Electoral Commission from holding the party’s National Convention until the matter was resolved.
He had further sought an:
“Interlocutory injunction restraining the 1st and 2nd defendants/respondent (APC and Governor Buni), their allies, agents, representatives, associates or whoever is acting for them or through them from organising, holding or conducting the national convention of the APC in January and February 2022 or any other date either before or after pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.”
The plea to overturn the court’s November 18, 2021 judgment prohibiting the convention was halted on Tuesday after two APC attorneys, Shuaibu Aruwan (SAN) and Michael Adoyi, both declared attendance.
The APC requested “an order of this honourable court striking out the suit in its entirety for want of jurisdiction. in an application dated March 9, 2022.
“And for such other order(s) as the honourable court may deem fit in the circumstance.”