22 June 2021 By Victoria Abah.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja, has struck two separate suits challenging the dissolution of the National Working Committee of the ruling, All Progressives Congress, APC, and appointment of a National Caretaker Committee for the party.
The first suit was filed by a chieftain of the party, Hillard Eta while the second suit was instituted by a lawyer and former Youth leader of the party in Abia state, Kalu-Kalu Agu.
The two suits specifically prayed the court to make a pronouncement on the legality or otherwise of the June 17, 2020, National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the APC which dissolved the NWC and appointed a National Caretaker Committee, led by Governor Mai-Mala Buni of Yobe State.
Justice Taiwo held in his judgment that the two plaintiffs that filed the separate suits do not have the locus standi to institute the legal action against the party.
Ruling on the preliminary objections filed by the defendants, who are the Buni led Caretaker Committee members, the court held that the plaintiffs did not show nor prove how the dissolution of the NWC on June 17, 2020, by 16 out of 20 members of APC NEC infracted on their civil rights and obligation more than any other member of the party.
Consequently, the judge struck out the name of APC as a party in the suit and held that the issues raised in the suits of the plaintiffs are internal affairs of the party and are, therefore, not Justicable.
Having resolved the issues raised by the defendants in their preliminary objections in their favour, the court held that, it would be a waste of time to look into the substantive matter and consequently struck out the case.