The Chairman, All Progressive Congress (APC), Lagos chapter, Hon Tunde Balogun, has said any member found behind the court case against the National Caretaker Committee (NCC) will be sanctioned.
Hon Balogun in a statement on Friday said the party had seen a report in a national newspaper to the effect that a purported APC member in Lagos State had instituted a case at a Federal High Court, against the party’s NCC.
According to him, the party believed the person who instituted the suit is not its member, stressing that no bonafide member of the APC in Lagos in good standing would initiate such an action and promised to investigate the matter.
The statement reads, “We have seen a report in a national newspaper that a purported APC member in Lagos State had instituted a case at a Federal High Court, against the party’s National Caretaker Committee.
“We believe the person who instituted the suit is not a member of our party because it is highly doubtful that abonafide member of the APC in Lagos in good standing would initiate such an action; we will, however, investigate the matter.
“Here, I want to reiterate the stance of the APC in Lagos. No party member should file a court action regarding the recent National Executive Committee meeting of the party in Abuja particularly ifthat person has not even sought to initiate internal conflict resolution processes to resolve any dispute they may have with the NEC decisions.
“Filing any such legal action is clearly against the spirit and letter of the party constitution, which prohibits legal action before a member exhausts all internal resolution mechanisms. Our resolve against institution of any court case by any member is in consonance with the constitution of the party.
“Lagos APC will not turn a blind eye to the flouting of the constitution in this manner. We are trying to restore order and decorum to the party and thus no member should seek to sow confusion. Any party member involved in the institution of any such case should withdraw the case from court forthwith. Failure to do so, will subject thatparty member to sanctions enumerated in the constitution, which may include suspension or expulsion.
“No party can flourish when members engage in instituting frivolous court cases for the sole purpose of causing disunity and turmoil. This is an act of gross indiscipline which cannot be sustained and which we will not allow.”