JUST IN: Court vacates order stopping APC convention


A high court of the federal capital territory (FCT) has vacated an order stopping the national convention of All Progressives Congress (APC) from holding its convention scheduled for March 26.

In his judgment on Friday, Bello Kawu, the judge, said a political party cannot be sued by a member.

The APC in a statement said it had engaged a team of senior lawyers to address a purported court order halting the planned APC National Convention.

The APC had initially slated February 26, for its national convention where it will elect leaders into key national offices of the party, but had to postpone it by a month.

However, shortly after necessary committees for the convention were set up, an order restraining the party from going ahead with the planned convention surfaced.

The said restraining order was issued on November 18, 2021 by Justice Bello Kawu of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court.

By the order, APC was barred from proceeding with the convention in February or March or any other dates pending the hearing and determination of a suit against the conduct of the convention.

Following the discovery of this order and being determined to conduct its convention come March 26, the APC had swiftly moved to get the court to vacate the order by filing an application to that effect.

However, when the application was called Tuesday at the FCT High Court sitting in Kubwa, there was a mild confusion as two lawyers claimed to be representing the APC and Mai Mala Buni, who are the first and second defendants in the suit respectively, while the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is the third defendant.

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