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Lack of service stalls suit against APC leadership

Hearing in the suit in which a group within the All Progressives Congress asked an Abuja Federal High Court to sack the interim national leadership of the party has been stalled as a result of lack of service.

The development prompted the court, presided by Justice Abdul Kafarati, adjourn the matter to May 14 for report of service.

The plaintiffs, Nnamdi Olebara and Iheke Solomon, had on behalf of the Conscience Group, an association of members of the APC, asked the court to sack the interim national chairman, Bisi Akande, and other executive officers of the party.

The group argued that the party’s constitution empowered the current executive council members to act in the interim for six months, after which a substantive national leadership would be put in place by a congress.

The plaintiffs insisted that the six-month period provided by the APC constitution had elapsed on January 31, 2014 and as a result, all the interim executive officers of the party should have vacated their offices.

The group submitted that the tenure of six months granted Akande and the other members of the interim executive committee by the APC constitution counted from August 2013, when they assumed interim management of the party’s affairs, to January 31, 2014.

The respondents in the suit are APC, Akande, Tijani Tumsah (as representatives of the National Executive Committee) and the Independent National Electoral Commission.

In the suit filed by their counsel, Iheke Solomon, the plaintiffs are asking the court for an order restraining Akande and Tumsah, as well as other members of the APC interim executive committee, from managing or running the affairs of the party.

They also want the court to make an order directing INEC to stop any official relationship with the Akande-led interim executive.

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