NO fewer than 5 instances are at the moment earlier than completely different courts on the eligibility or in any other case of Governor Mai Mala Buni holding the positions of the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Nationwide Conference Planning Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress and governor of Yobe State on the similar time., investigation by The PUNCH has revealed.
Of the 5 pending instances, three have been initiated by members of the ruling social gathering whereas the Peoples Democratic Occasion and the New Nigeria Peoples Occasion initiated one every.
One of many instances filed by social gathering members was one instituted by one Okosisi Ngwu.
Ngwu had requested the Excessive Court docket of the Federal Capital Territory to sack Buni-led CECPC and nullify all actions it has thus far taken, together with the current ward congresses.
The request types a part of the reliefs in a swimsuit marked FCT/HC/CV/1824/2021.
Listed as defendants are the APC and all CECPC members that embrace Buni; Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola; Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello; former President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani; Stella Okorete; Dr. James Lalu, Senator Abubakar Yusuf; Akinyemi Olaide; David Leon; Abba Ali; Prof. Tahir Mamman; Ismail Ahmed and Senator John Akpanudoedehe.
One other chieftain of the social gathering, Bashir Bolarinwa, additionally instituted a case in opposition to the Buni-led CECPC.
Bolarinwa, who was eliminated by the CECPC as Chairman of the social gathering in Kwara state, is asking the Excessive Court docket of the FCT to declare your entire panel unlawful.
He mentioned it was incorrect for Buni and his counterparts from Niger and Osun states to preside over affairs of the APC.
Amongst different enchantment, Bolarinwa urged the court docket to find out whether or not the appointment of the 2nd-and 14th defendants; chairman and members of CECPC; was not authorized with out ratification of the Board of Trustees of the first defendant, having regards to Article 18 (II) of the APC Structure.
Bolarinwa’s software was filed on August 16, 2021 with swimsuit no CV/2006/2021.
The newest amongst instances by social gathering members is the one instituted by about 100 APC members in Benue State.
They sued the social gathering and Buni, searching for dissolution of the 13-member committee and nullification of all their actions.
Additionally listed as co-defendant within the originating summon registered as FHC/ABJ/CS/938/2021, are the Legal professional Normal of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee and others.
The movement for interlocutory injunction was filed by their lawyer, Mr Samuel Irabor on the Federal Excessive Court docket, Abuja on August 18, 2021.
The PDP, on its half, urged a court docket to sack Buni for taking over one other govt place because the chairman of the social gathering’s CECPC.
Within the swimsuit filed on the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja, the opposition social gathering argued that combining the governor’s workplace with one other govt place is a constitutional violation.
It claimed that the Yobe State governor’s workplace and that of the deputy governor, Idi Gubana, have due to this fact turn out to be vacant after Buni took up the APC appointment.
The swimsuit was marked FHC/ABJ/CS/885/2021.
On its half, the NNPP dragged the APC to the Federal Excessive Court docket Abuja, asking that the ruling social gathering be disqualified from contesting the forthcoming chairmanship place election within the Abuja Municipal Council slated for February 12, 2022.
Within the originating summons dated July 28, 2021, with swimsuit quantity FHC/ABJ/CS/514/2021, the social gathering joined INEC, APC, Mohammed Ikwa and Buni as defendants.
The opposition social gathering mentioned the Caretaker Committee arrange by the APC upon the dissolution of the elected Nationwide Working Committee by the Nationwide Govt Committee on June 25, 2020 has no lawful powers to manage the affairs of the social gathering.
In line with the swimsuit the, Buni’s emergence because the chairman of the caretaker committee, “is void ab initio and no motion ca be based on it.”
100 APC members pray court docket to dissolve Buni-led committee
100 members of the All Progressives Congress have approached the Federal Excessive Court docket Abuja praying for the dissolution of the Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Committee of the social gathering and asking for the nullification of their actions.
Within the swimsuit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/938/2021, the plaintiffs argued that the Caretaker Committee which constituted of 13 members was under the required membership of 24 individuals unfold throughout not lower than two-third of all of the states and the Federal Capital Territory for any governing physique of a political social gathering, whether or not substantive or performing, as stipulated beneath Part 223 (2) (b) of the structure.
In addition they argued that the truth that the Caretaker Committee was headed by Mai Mala Buni, a serving governor and thereby holding twin govt workplaces was in opposition to the provisions of Part 183 of the 1999 Structure and Article 17(4) of the structure.
By their assertions, they said that solely the Nationwide Working Committee of the social gathering might represent a Caretaker Committee as offered beneath Article 13(4)(xvi) of the APC Structure.
Counting on the provisions of the APC Structure, the plaintiffs additionally asserted that the Legal professional Normal of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who administered the oath of service on Mai Mala Buni because the Caretaker Chairman lacked the ability to take action since he’s neither a member of the NWC nor NEC.
Additionally, joined as defendants are the AGF, the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee and others. The swimsuit was filed by their lawyer, Samuel Irabor.
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