A Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out two suits challenging the dissolution of the Adam Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The court, presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo held that the two appellant, former South South National Vice Chairman of the party, Chief Hilliard Eta and a former Youth leader of the party in Abia State, Barrister Kalu Kalu Agu lacked the locus standi to institute the suits.
It would be recalled that the Oshiomhole-led NWC was dissolved on June 17, 2020 by 16 out of 20 members of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
While Chief Eta filed his suit in the name of APC, Kalu Kalu Agu filed own as a member of the ruling party.
Both lawsuits sought an order of the court to determine the legality or otherwise of the NEC meeting of June 17, 2020, which dissolved the NWC and instituted the National Caretaker Committee, led by Governor Mai-Mala Buni of Yobe State.
However, ruling in the separate preliminary objections filed by the defendants, the court held that the plaintiffs did not show or prove how the dissolution of the NWC APC NEC infracted on their civil rights and obligation more than any other member of the party.
Justice Taiwo said that Kalu Agu did not fit in properly into who a plaintiff is, while Hilliard Eta “referred to himself as a regular member of the party.”
The court noted that for the APC to be a plaintiff, there must be the existence of a faction.
“There must be a nexus between a plaintiff and the cause of action.
“In an affidavit deposed to by the 2nd plaintiff, there was nowhere he claimed to belong to a faction.
“I’m of the well-considered view that issues raised by the plaintiff are not justiceable. They are issues of internal affairs of a political party,” the judge said.
He subsequently struck out the two separate cases.