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Court Orders APC To Allow Statutory Delegates To Participates in Convention

A Federal High Court sitting in Kano has ruled that statutory delegates are constitutionally qualified to participate in all meetings, congresses and conventions of any registered political party in Nigeria.

Aspirants of All Progressives Congress, APC, Sen. Mas’ud El-Jibrin Doguwa, Hon. Habibu Sani and Hon. Bilyaminu Yusuf Shin’Kafi, at the just concluded National Assembly primaries, had filed the suit to challenge the disenfranchisement of statutory delegates from participating in the primaries.

The suit marked FHC/KN/CS/13712022, has the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; National Chairman of APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as defendants.

The plaintiffs in their originating summons dated 23rd May 2022 and filed on the 24th May 2022, prayed the court for a declaration of the Court, “that section 84(8) cannot be interpreted to have excluded statutory delegates from voting at the convention, congress or meeting by section 223 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and Article 20(iv)(c) of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Constitution, which allow Statutory Delegation to vote at the convention, congress or meeting”.

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The 2nd defendant, Adamu, filed a counter-affidavit in opposition to the originating summons dated 1st June 2022.

But the 1st, 3rd and 4th defendants did not file any process in the suit.

Delivering judgment on the suit on Friday, 3rd June 2022, the presiding judge, Hon. Justice A.M Liman held that “Section 84(8) cannot be interpreted to have excluded statutory delegates from voting at the convention, congress or meeting, by Section 223 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and Article 20(iv)(c) of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Constitution, which allow Statutory Delegation to vote at the convention, congress or meeting.”

The implication of this judgment means all the statutory delegates of each political party shall participate in the subsequent Congresses and conventions, especially, the forthcoming national convention of the APC.

Although Statutory Delegates are excluded in the newly signed Electoral Act.

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Statutory delegates in this context include ward, local government, state and national executives of the party, including past executives, as the guidelines of the party deem fit.

Others include the President, Vice President, former Presidents, former vice Presidents who are members of the party; Governors, Deputy Governors, former Governors, former deputy Governors, Council Chairmen, serving Councilors and past Council chairman who are members of the party, as may be decided by party guidelines.

Those captured in the statutory delegates cadre also include serving and past members of the National Assembly of the party; though ministers, commissioners, supervisory councillors and other political appointees.

 

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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