Saturday, March 26, 2022

PDP asks court to deregister APC, declare today’s convention illegal

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AHEAD of today’s national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to declare the planned exercise illegal and unconstitutional. 

The PDP is also seeking an order of court deregistering the APC as a political party, having failed to meet the requirements of sections 222(a), 223(b) and 225 of the 1999 Constitution. 
It further asked the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from recognising, communicating with, dealing with or having any business whatsoever with the APC as a registered political party. 

In a suit marked FHC/ABJ/ CS/ 389 2022 and dated March 25, 2022, the PDP listed INEC, the APC, the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) and the chairman of the APC- CECPC as defendants. 

In the suit filed by its counsel, Samuel Irabor, the PDP claimed that according to a certified true copy of INEC’s list of APC’s current officers, the party is being run by a 13-member executive committee, which is below the constitutional stipulations in Section 223 of the 1999 Constitution that the executive committee or governing body of a political party must be drawn from two-thirds of the 36 states of the federation, which is mathematically 24. 
The PDP therefore urged the court to declare all prior acts of the Mai Mala Buni-led caretaker committee leading to the institution of the suit as well as all subsequent acts, including the convention of March 26 (today), as null and void and then proceed to order the deregistration of the APC by INEC in line with Section 225A of the 1999 Constitution. 

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