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court cases harmful to party… Bisi Akande


The chairman of the reconciliation committee of Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, Bisi Akande, has warned that the many court cases filed over disputes in the party are “harmful to the party in compound ways.”
Mr Akande stated this in a statement sent to journalists early on Sunday.
PREMIUM TIMES reported the different court cases by members of the party for and against the leadership of Adams Oshiomhole, the embattled national chairman of the party.
A court in Abuja ordered the suspension of Mr Oshiomhole based on an earlier controversial suspension by the APC in Edo, Mr Oshiomhole’s home state.
Hours after the suspension, the APC announced three new members of its National Working Committee, including Waziri Bulama as acting national secretary, a move condemned by some leaders of the party.
A federal court in Kano later gave a different order that Mr Oshiomhole should continue in office.
Mr Oshiomhole, a former governor of Edo State, is appealing the suspension as well as the attendant decision to deny him access to the party’s national secretariat.
Amidst the controversy, the assistant national secretary of the party, Victor Gaidom, circulated a statement announcing a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on March 17.
But a counter-statement issued by some top officials of the APC enjoined party members to ignore Mr Gaidom saying his action fell outside the party’s constitution and jurisdiction. The statement was jointly signed by Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party spokesperson; Babatunde Ogala, the national legal adviser; and Mr Bulama.
Mr Gaidom, however, continued to insist he is the next in line in the party hierarchy following Mr Oshiomhole’s suspension and the absence of a substantive national secretary. The party’s former national secretary is now the governor of Yobe State.
On Wednesday, a high court in Abuja restrained party members – specifically Messrs Issa-Onilu, Ogala, and Bulama – from disrupting next Tuesday’s NEC meeting.
However, a court in Lagos Thursday ruled that a NEC meeting of the APC cannot hold except the trio of Waziri Bulama, Abiola Ajimobi, and Paul Chukwuma are in attendance. The three were the appointments announced after Mr Oshiomhole’s suspension as acting national secretary, acting deputy national chairman and acting national auditor respectively.

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