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APC Moves To Sanction Members In Court Against Party, Colleagues

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee is poised to sanc­tion party members across the states who are yet to yield to the directive of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to withdraw all pending court cases.

That directive of the NEC has largely been observed in the breach prompting the caretaker committee led by Governor Mai Mala Buni to serve a two-week notice to all the states to submit a compre­hensive list of members who have or are yet to comply with the directive of the party’s apex organ.

Recall that the APC Na­tional Executive Committee (NEC), at its meeting held on June 24, 2020, had while announcing the sack of the Comrade Adams Oshiom­hole-led National Working Committee and setting up of the Caretaker Committee in­structed members of the par­ty to withdraw any pending litigation against the party and its members and seek res­olution via the caretaker body.

The NEC members also directed the Caretaker/Ex­traordinary National Conven­tion Planning Committee to ensure members’ compliance.

Salient Times report that the committee, in line with the directives, had written to state chapters asking them to furnish the National Headquarters with the level of compliance and non-compliance.

The Caretaker Commit­tee, in a follow up letter dated August 14, 2020, requested all state chapters to submit evi­dence of compliance in states.

In the letter titled, ‘Request for Documentary Evidence of Compliance/Non-Compli­ance’, and signed by Senator James Akpanudoedehe, Sec­retary of the Committee, the party said: “Further to our letter dated 1st of July, 2020, wherein we directed that you coordinate with your state le­gal advisers and secretaries to encourage all members who have instituted any matter in court against the party to withdraw same and steps to be taken towards reconcilia­tion.

“It is however with dismay that several state chapters have not yet sent their re­ports in line with our earlier request.

“In view of the above, you are hereby directed to forward to the national secretariat, within 14 days of the receipt of this letter, the following: list of all litigations between party members in your state chapter.

“Also to be submitted to the party secretariat are doc­umentary evidence of com­pliance with the National Ex­ecutive Committee directive on withdrawal of all pending litigations and names of lit­igants who have refused to withdraw from the court any matter which may have been filed against the party in your state.”

Some of the APC states in which members are in courts are Ogun, Zamfara, Rivers, Delta, Edo, Imo, Niger, and Oyo.

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