- The Federal High Court rules that Gboyega Adedipe and Desmond Dejumola lack the right to institute a court action on the suspension of Ondo state APC chairman
- Justice Olubanjo says the suspended chairman could approach the court only after he has explored all the internal mechanism of dispute resolution as contained in the party’s constitution
The Federal High Court in Akure has ruled that the suspension of the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state, Isaac Kekemeke, and the appointment of acting chairman, Ade Adetimehin is valid.
Premium Times reports that two members of the party, Gboyega Adedipe and Desmond Dejumola had approached the court, challenging the suspension of Kekemeke by the party leadership in the state.
The court however faulted their action on the grounds that they lacked right to institute the case, adding that only the sacked chairman has the power to challenge his suspension in court.
When delivering the judgement, Justice Olubanjo said the suspended APC chairman could approach the court after he might have explored all the provided internal mechanism of dispute resolution as contained in the APC constitution.
But reacting to the court decision, the plaintiffs’ counsel, Olugboyero Akinola, said his clients would file a stay of execution and appeal against the judgement at the court of appeal immediately.
Akinola faulted the judgment, saying the judge refused to rule on the substantive suit that would have dealt with the issue at hand.
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NAIJ.com had reported that there is a brewing crisis within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state, as some members of the state executive committee have passed a no confidence vote on the chairman, Isaac Kekemeke.
Premium Times reports that a statement by the Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Adesanya, on Thursday June 1, said the chairman had not been discharging his duties appropriately.
NAIJ.com gathered that that was not the first time a no confidence vote was passed on the chairman, the first being in August last year during the build up to the crisis which attended the APC governorship primaries.
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