An aggrieved member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) member sues APC, Victor Giadom, APC National Caretaker Committee and INEC regarding the NEC held on the 25th of June 2020.
The APC member, Lateef Koyode Arigbaruwo, filed the suit, number FHC/2/25/759/2020 against APC, Victor Giadom, APC National Caretaker Committee and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The suit was filed in the Federal High Court, Lagos on July 1, 2020 by Dimien K. Edonkumoh, on behalf of the plaintiff.
The plaintiff is seeking the court to declare; “Whether having regards to Article 25, paragraph B (i) and (ii) of the Constitution of the All Progressives Congress, the 24 hours’ notice given by the 2nd Defendant for the National Executive Committee meeting held on the 25th of June 2020, was valid and illegal.”
He is also seeking “an order of the court setting aside all the decisions taken in the illegal National Executive Committee meeting which was conveyed in the 24/06/2020 and held on the 25/06/2020, contrary to the Article 25 of the APC Constitution.”
Furthermore, the plaintiff wants an order of the court restraining the caretaker committee members from parading themselves as National Caretaker Committee members of the APC.
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Most importantly, the aggrieved member wants the court to grant an order allowing the APC National Vice Chairman (South South), Prince Hilliard Etagbo Eta, to pilot the affairs of the APC as Acting National Chairman and to preside at all meetings of the National Working Committee and the NEC.
The matter has been transferred to the Chief Judge the Federal High Court for reassignment as Justice Liman, to whom the case was assigned, declined to hear the matter, insisting the matter be heard at Abuja where the defendants reside.
One of the counsels to the plaintiff, Ayodele Tope Justice, who spoke with our reporter on phone confirmed the existence of the matter.
He said the matter was transferred from Lagos to Abuja because the parties involved are in the Federal Capital Territory.
The Counsel also said that they were in the process of seeking the court permission for substituted service of the court processes.