The breakaway faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Reformed APC, has filed a suit against the Adams Oshiomhole led National Executive Committee of the APC.
R-APC on Thursday asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to declare the election of the new APC leaders as invalid, null and void.
This came following a previous written request to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to nullify the newly elected leaders of the APC.
The suit with file number FHC/ABJ/CS/734/18 was filed by Buba Galadima, the leader if the breakaway faction; Kazeem Afegbua, the Publicity Secretary; Nicholas Asuzu, the youth leader; and Hadi Ametuo, the Chairman of the Kogi State chapter of the faction.
Galadima want the court to declare him and his group the authentic executives of the APC, saying that there was no valid election at the recent National Convention.
“A DECLARATION that there being no valid election at the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the 23rd day of June 2018 at the Eagle Square, Abuja, thereby leaving a vacuum, the reform-minded FACTION of APC known as the REFORMED ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (R-APC) validly constituted the Plaintiffs and the other National Officers and State Executives of APC to fill the vacuum and act in interim capacities as officers of the APC.”
“AN ORDER of perpetual injunction restraining the 1st – 52nd Defendants from parading themselves or claiming to be officers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) or performing any function as officers of the Party in any capacity whatsoever as their elections and swearing in as officers of APC are invalid, null and void.”
“AN ORDER of perpetual injunction restraining the 53rd Defendant from holding out the 1st – 52nd Defendants as either National Officers, members of the National Working Committee , Zonal Executives or State Executives of the All progressives Congress (APC).”
“AN ORDER of perpetual injunction restraining the 53rd Defendant from harassing, intimidating, suspending or expelling any of or all the Plaintiffs from the All Progressives Congress; or taking any steps whatsoever to harass, intimidate, suspend or expel or abridge or terminate the Plaintiffs’ membership, rights and entitlements in the All Progressives Congress.”
“AN ORDER directing the 54th Defendant to recognize the Plaintiffs who are members of the reform-minded FACTION of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the current interim National Officers, members of the National Working Committee, Zonal Executives or State Executives of the All progressives Congress (APC) and accord them all rights and privileges appertaining to the respective offices pending the holding of valid elections by the Party.”
The Galadima led R-APC had last Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with over 30 other political parties, including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to support a single candidate in 2019 that will challenge President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buba Galadima was Buhari former ally in the defunct CPC, a party Buhari had contested previous elections before merging with other parties to produce the current ruling party.