18/10/2021

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APC members urge court to sack Buni, cancel committee’s actions

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Scores of members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have dragged the Yobe Governor, Mai Buni and the Caretaker Committee to court.

They are demanding the sack of Buni, the 13-member national committee, as well as the nullification of all their actions.

Joined in suit are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Attorney General and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami.

The originating summons registered as suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/938/2021 and a motion for interlocutory injunction were filed by their lawyer, Samuel Irabor at the Federal High Court.

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The plaintiffs presented grounds to back their request for the removal of the national leadership.

They said the 13-member team falls short of the constitutionally required 24 members spread across not less than two-third of the 36 States and the FCT.

The suit cited Section 223(2)(b) of the 1999 constitution (as amended).

The plaintiffs said a sitting governor holding dual executive offices is prohibited by Section 183 of the 1999 Constitution and Article 17(4) of the APC Constitution, 2014 (as amended)

They insisted that by Article 13(4)(xvi) of the APC Constitution, 2014 (as amended), the National Working Committee (NWC), not the National Executive Committee (NEC), can constitute a caretaker committee.

The suit also wants Malami reprimanded for administering oath of office on Buni.

“The AGF lacks the powers to do so under any provision of the APC Constitution, 2014 (as amended) as he is neither a member of the NWC or NEC of the APC”, it reads.