Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ado Ekiti local government area of Ekiti State, Hon. Michael Akinleye has instituted legal action against the APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the National Working Committee (NWC) over plots to impose a deputy national chairman (South) on the party.
Other respondents in the suit are national vice chairman, South West; APC South-west Zonal Caucus, Ekiti State Chairman of APC; Ekiti State Caucus of APC; and Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
Akinleye alleged that the leadership of the party was plotting to impose Ajimobi, as the new deputy national chairman (South) of the party.
In the originating summons deposed to by his lawyers, T. J. Omidoyin and Tunde Oke, Akinleye who claimed to be an aspirant for the position said his right was violated and grossly infringed upon by the alleged action taken by the Oshiomhole-led NWC.
He stated that he had expressed his interest to contest for the position in a letter dated January 20, 2020, which he forwarded to Ekiti APC to nominate him for the position, and this he attached as exhibit.
Apart from Ajimobi and Akinleye, Senator Gbenga Aluko is also vying for the vacant seat and was the preferred candidate from Ekiti APC.
The position became vacant since 2018, after former governor of Ekiti State Chief Niyi Adebayo, was appointed the minister of Industry Trade and Investment by President Muhammad Buhari.
In the originating summon with registration number FHC/AD/C8/8/2020 filed before the Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, Akinleye sought an order restraining the Party from nominating Senator Ajimobi or anybody to the vacant position without following the due process and dictate of the APC constitution.
He also asked the court to determine whether Ajimobi’s imposition was not a violation of Articles 17 and 20 of the party, which stipulated that such position can only be filled by a consensus among aspirants or by elections during congress and convention.
The plaintiff sought an order compelling the party “to follow its constitution, customs and practices by filling the vacant position with a duly nominated candidate from Ekiti State to complete the unexpired tenure of four years mandate given to the State through the former occupier of the office, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, who is currently the Minister for Trade, Industry and investment and not from Oyo State or any other States in Nigeria”.
To this end, the claimant sought an order restraining the South-west APC Caucus from forwarding the name of Senator Abiola Ajimobi or any other name to the National Chairman, National Working Committee, to fill the vacant office , having not followed the due process as enshrined in Articles 17 and 20 of APC constitution, pending the determination of the substantive suit .
He also sought an order of the court restraining the National Chairman, National Working Committee and APC from accepting any nomination to the office of the Deputy National Chairman ,pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit in the case.
An order of the court compelling the National Chairman and National Working Committee to reject and disregard any name sent by the APC Southwest National Vice Chairman, the APC south west Caucus, to fill the position of the Deputy National Chairman, in the event that any name has already been sent pending the hearing and the determination of the substantive suit in the case.
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