By Kunle Olasanmi, Abuja
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun an the Inspector General of Police to appear before him over the leadership crisis rocking the party in Kaduna State.
Others expected to appear before the court are Senator Lawal Shuaibu, Inuwa Abdukadir, Senator Lawal Shuaibu and the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission.
The court also granted an order of substituted service, allowing some contestants in the forthcoming local government council elections in Kaduna State to serve court processes by way of substituted means on the defendants in Kaduna State, which is outside the court’s jurisdiction.
The plaintiffs in the matter, Hon. Aliyu Ismail, Abdullahi Yusuf Babanyau and Achitect Ado Mohammed had dragged the IGP, INEC, Oyegun and others before the court over the legality of making Shuaibu Idris Lauje the chairman of the party in the state.
In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/493/17, the plaintiffs are asking the court to restrain Lauje from parading himself as the chairman of the party in the state.
They are also asking the court to restrain the IGP from harassing, intimidating or arresting Alhaji Danlami Wada, who is the acting chairman of the party in the state and the 10th defendant in the matter from performing the functions of his office.
The plaintiffs in a motion exparte, through their counsel, Babs Akinwumi, urged the court to grant leave to the plaintiffs to serve the defendants outside the court jurisdiction by serving the originating processes and every other process in the suit on Shuaibu Idris Lauje and Alhaji S.I. Danlami Wada at the APC State Secretariat in Kaduna State.
In addition to this, the plaintiffs also prayed the court for leave to serve the court processes on some of the defendants in Kaduna State.
In a well-considered ruling, the court granted the prayers of the plaintiffs and adjourned the matter to June 30, 2017 for hearing.
In the last few years, leadership crisis had been rocking the party in the state.
Following the election of Hon Barnabas Bantex as the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, the Deputy Chairman, Alhaji S.I. Danlami Wada stepped in as the acting chairman by virtue of the provisions of Articles 14.2 and 15b of the constitution of the APC.
Trouble however started when Shuaibu Idris Lauje who is believed to have the support of Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, started parading himself as the state chairman of the party in Kaduna State, while the deputy chairman was allegedly locked out on the order of the state governor.