Buhari Campaign Director Dragged APC To Court
Buhari Campaign Director Dragged APC To Court. Johnson Podar, the National Director of Mobilisation of the Buhari Campaign Organisation “B.C.O” has dragged the Plateau State chapter of the ruling APC (All Progressives Congress), to court. As a matter of facts, Podar dragged APC over alleged injustice during the party’s state congress.
Johnson P has Filed The Case At The State High Court
Johnson P has filed the case at the State High Court, Bukuru, Jos South L.G.A, is seeking the nullification of the state congress that brought the current state executive council into office. This was on the grounds that the said congress was not conducted according to APC’s stipulated guidelines.
However, the plaintiff who is from Fier Ward in Pankshin L.G.A of the State, claimed that he had signified interest in contesting for the state chairmanship seat. In like manner paid the sum of N100,000 fee for the nomination form.
He Was Not Allowed To Contest
Furthermore, he said; he was not allowed to contest for the seat after submitting the nomination form. Moreover, he had embarked on campaigns for the election, even before the contest. He further lamented that he has also spent a lot of money during the campaign.
On May 19, 2018, when everyone convened at the congress venue, the chairman of the state congress disqualify me. He stated categorically that; two persons were contesting for the post of state chairman. As a matter of facts, the person contesting against the incumbent chairman, Mr. Dabang Letep, had been disqualified because his name is not in the APC register.
Mr. Dabang Letep Standout
Furthermore, he proceeded by calling Mr. Dabang Letep to stand before the congress as the sole contestant. This is an art of Human humiliation.
In like manner, I repeatedly raised my hand to observe a point of order. As a matter of facts, I was not given an audience to express myself.
Mr. Johnson Podar further claimed that he stood up and publicly protested his disqualification. This was expressed by waving his APC membership card with registration number 11249. This is an act to confirm that he was a registered member of the party.
Similarly, the plaintiff, who claimed that his protest fell on deaf ears, declared that there was no ground for his disqualification. Since his nomination form was endorsed by APC officials in his Fier Ward.
In like manner, he was forced to leave the congress venue when it became clear that the officials had made up their minds to sideline him.
Podar Urged the Court To Nullify
However, Mr. Johnson Podar urged the court to nullify the said election and declare the existence of the state working committee a nullity.
Furthermore, If the court finds that the congress was not done rightly, it means that any action undertaken by the benefiting executive members should be account for. This must include from the day they sworn in, the primary elections they conducted, and all, should be declared a nullity.
When the case came up for hearing, Podar’s Counsel, Samuel Abba, restated that his client was wrongfully disenfranchised.
Abba, however, explained that he had been served with a counter affidavit and a notice of preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter.
He quoted the defendants as saying, in the preliminary objection, that the matter was a “domestic affair’’ and the court had no right to delve into the affairs of a political party.
Abba Said That
In his reaction to such claims, Abba said that if the court could pronounce on issues of husband and wife, which was more domestic, there was no reason to stop it from making pronouncement on political party issues that were even more public.
He said that he had filed a response to the objections, and that the defendant had sought for more time to respond to it, and had been obliged by the court.
In his argument, Counsel to the defendants, Chindak Dakas, reaffirmed the position that the court had no jurisdiction to entertain the matter on the basis that it was purely an internal affair of the political party.
He also pointed out that INEC, which was a necessary party on all electoral matters, was not joined in the case.
Dakas said that the party needed time to respond to the plaintiff’s reaction to the preliminary objection.
Meantime, after listening to both sides, Justice Ishaku Kunda, adjourned the matter to February 7, 2019, for further hearing.
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