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Politics of Saturday, 13 November 2021

Source: punchng.com

Primaries: Aggrieved Plateau APC members sue INEC, others

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The Ishaya Itse led faction of the All Progressives Congress in Plateau State has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission to court over the conduct of recent party primaries, asking the court to compel the electoral body not to recognise Rufus Bature as state chairman of the party as well as other members of his exco.

They also sought the order of the court stopping Bature and eight others from parading themselves as executive members of the party in the state.

Bature, a former Secretary to the Plateau State Government, had emerged the state chairman of the APC alongside over thirty other exco members during the party primaries held on October 16.

In the suit filed at the Plateau State High Court, Bature and his exco members were listed as 3rd -8th defendants while the APC and the INEC were listed as Ist and 9th defendants respectively.

The aggrieved APC members said in the suit, “By virtue of Section 223 (1)(a) and (2) (a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended); and Articles 13.6(ii) and 20 of the All Progressives Congress(APC) Constitution, the persons qualified to serve as the principal officers and members of the executive committee or other governing body of a political party, including but not limited to the All Progressives Congress, the 1st Defendant herein, must mandatorily emerge through the election on a democratic basis and not by imposition.

“A declaration that having regard to the express and unambiguous provisions of Section 223 (1)(a) and (2) (a) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as Amended); Articles 13.6(ii) and 20 of the All Progressives Congress(APC) Constitution, the persons that can occupy the positions of principal officers and members of the executive committee or other governing body of a political party, including but not limited to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the 1st defendant herein, at all levels including but not limited to State executive committee members must, as a matter of obligation, be elected democratically and not otherwise.”

They also sought "a declaration that having regard to the fact that the claimants herein withheld their consent and/or refused to step down for the 3rd to 8th Defendants herein in the 1st Defendant’s State Congress in Plateau State fixed for 16th October 2021, the said 3rd to 8th Defendants did not pass for consensus candidates, i.e., cannot be described as consensus candidates"

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