The caretaker committee chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Mai Mala Buni and other members of his Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the party have been restrained by court to stop parading themselves as officials of the party.
Penpushing report that, Justice Onome Umukoro, of the Delta State High Court gave the order and also issued an interim order stopping the scheduled party local government Congress in slated for September 4, 2021.
The Deputy Chairman of All Progressives Congress(APC), Olorogun Ayomanor, alongside other officials of the party in the state had approached the court to challenge the outcome of the Ward Congresses in the state.
Penpushing further reports that, the claimant’s lead counsel Daubry Richard in an ex-parte application, which was heard on Wednesday, prayed the court to grant the seven prayers sought, submitting that going ahead with the Saturday, September 4 local government congress in Delta State would cause more damage to his clients.
The plaintiffs also sought an order “restraining the 2nd – 14th defendants/respondents from further acting or parading themselves as the members of the Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Penpushing reports that, the claimants also sought as an alternative prayer, an order of interim injunction “restraining the 2nd – 14th defendants/respondents from conducting the Local Government and State Congresses slated for September 4, 2021 or any other date, and other congresses of the 1st Defendant in Delta State, pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice already filed and served”.
The counsel to the defendants, Robert Emukpoeruo, had initially challenged the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit, and later dropped the challenge to ask that certain parties be joined as co-defendants in the suit.
Penpushing also reports that, the claimants’ lawyer, in his response, noted that the matter before the court was an ex-parte motion, which did exempts adverse parties from participating in its hearing.
The judge in his ruling, granted seven days order of interim injunction restraining Buni, who is the Yobe State Governmenor and the Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) members from conducting the Local Government and State Congresses slated for September 4, 2021.
Penpushing further reports that, the court also barred Buni from parading himself as the chairman of the national caretaker committee of the party, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed and served.
The court equally ordered that Buni and others at the national leadership be served originating summons through any officer or staff of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, and thereafter adjourned till September 7, 2021, for further hearing.
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