In News by stephen abiodun on the 09th, October, 2020

Akeredolu Faces Disqualification As APC Chieftain Information Fees Barely 24hrs To Polls

Akeredolu Faces Disqualification As APC Chieftain Files Charges Barely 24hrs To Polls

With barely 24 hours to the conduct of the gubernatorial election in Ondo State, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Kalu Kalu, has requested the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja, to restrain the APC and its governorship candidate, Mr Olurotimi Akeredolu, from collaborating within the ballot.

Outdoors Akeredolu, two others the plaintiff additionally needs to be prevented from the upcoming elections within the nation are the APC’s candidates; Mr Abiru Tokunbo and Mr Frank Ibezim contesting for Lagos East and Imo North Senatorial Districts respectively.

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The aggrieved chieftain is in search of the exclusion of APC candidates from additional elections pending the willpower of the go well with difficult the dissolution of the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led Nationwide Working Committee (NWC) by the Nationwide Govt Committee (NEC) of the celebration on June 25 this yr.

His grouse is that the APC is presently being administered by a caretaker committee, moderately than the elected NWC.

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Respondents within the go well with marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/736/2020 and filed on October 9, 2020 are the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), APC, Chairman of APC Caretaker Committee and Governor of Yobe State Mai Mala Buni.

Others are members of the Caretaker Committee which embody; Isiaka Oyebola, Ken Nnamani, Stella Okorete, Governor Sani Bello, Dr James Lalu, Senator Abubakar Yusuf, Hon. Akinyemi Olaide, David Leon, Professor Tahir Mamman, Ismail Ahmed and Senator Akpan Udoedehe as 1st to 14th respondents respectively.

The plaintiff within the go well with filed on his behalf by his lawyer, Mr Ukpai Ukairo, is claiming that nomination of candidates for an election by legislation must be by no different individual than the Chairman and Secretary of the celebration.

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He particularly accused INEC of “accepting, notifications and letters from the third to 14th respondents and in that course of qualifying individuals as candidates in election being performed by it when the names of such candidates weren’t submitted by the Nationwide Chairman or/ and Secretary of the APC”.

In a 53 paragraph affidavit deposed to in assist of the go well with, the plaintiff averred that, “there is no such thing as a lawful provision for a Caretaker Committee to run the affairs of a political celebration in any respect together with the 2nd defendant”.

He additionally averred that INEC didn’t obtain any discover of major election for the collection of APC’s candidates within the governorship election in Ondo in addition to the Senatorial by elections in Lagos and Imo States duly “signed by the Nationwide Chairman and Secretary of the 2nd defendant/respondent”.

The plaintiff, who’s a Youth Chief of the APC in Abia, argued that as on the time the caretaker committee was inaugurated by the NEC, the NWC had barely spent two years from their 4 years in workplace.

He added that for the reason that structure of the committee INEC had been interfacing with them as nationwide officers of the APC including that the electoral umpire obtained names submitted by the committee for the governorship ballot in Ondo and the forthcoming senatorial election in Lagos and Imo.

Whereas claiming that it’s his civic duty to respect and uphold the provisions of the 1999 Structure and any Act of the Nationwide Meeting, the plaintiff mentioned he didn’t need the APC to “lose its standing as a political celebration attributable to non registration of its nationwide officers with INEC”.

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Additional claiming the illegality of the caretaker committee, Kalu acknowledged that Article 17(iv) of the APC’s Structure offers that no officer in any organ of the celebration shall maintain government workplace in authorities, including that whereas the chairman of the committee is a serving governor, the committee itself is made up of people that weren’t elected.

He subsequently prayed the courtroom for an order of Interlocutory Injunction pending the willpower of the substantive go well with restraining INEC from appearing on any doc submitted by the APC in relation to any election it’s conducting, “in as far as such paperwork is underneath the palms and signatures of the caretaker committee or any of them directed at qualifying any individual howsoever as a candidate for the aim of any such election which by legislation must and is being performed by INEC”.

He additional prayed the courtroom for one more order restraining INEC from inserting the APC within the poll for any Election it’s conducting, “or the place already positioned from ascribing any vote to the APC in as far as the names and particulars of any such candidate was submitted to INEC by or underneath the palms and signatures of the third to 14th respondents”.

He additionally prayed the courtroom to restrain INEC from ascribing any vote to Akeredolu, Tokunbo and Ibezim within the governorship and Senatorial elections respectively.

Kalu additionally filed an affidavit of urgency praying the courtroom to offer expeditious listening to within the go well with as a result of the six months tenure of the committee to conduct a nationwide conference for the election of the NWC would quickly come to an finish.

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