Monday, 20 August 2018

Abuja High Court Stops APC Congress In C' River

 High Court 14 in the Federal Capital Territory presided over by Justice O. A Musa  on Monday   restrained the All Progressives Congress , APC and members of the National Working Committee of the party  and their agents from conducting any ward, local government or state   congress in Cross River State  pending the determination of the substantive suit.

In a suit No FCT/HC/CV/106/2018 between Sylvester Okpo, APC Southern Senatorial Vice Chairman, Regina Takon, APC ex- officio and Charles Esasim APC  State Youth Leader as plaintiffs and APC  as defendant, the Court restrained the defendant either by itself,  any committee, privies  or any organ of the party except national convention, from nullifying  the congresses held in  Cross River State or in any manner interfere, suspend or breach the rights and privileges of the claimants as the sate executive officers or other local government and ward officers of the All Progressives Congress in the  state pending the determination of the substantive case in the originating summons.

"It is hereby ordered that the time with which the defendant may enter appearances and file defense is abridged to 14 days from service of the originating process".

Justice Musa also granted  an order for accelerated hearing of the matter

He adjourned the case  to 25th October, 2018 for definite hearing 

Reacting to the case on Monday  Francis Ekpeyong State Secretary of APC, confirmed the Injunction slammed on the Party by some party members saying  that some persons are trying  to annul the congress
 which elected the present executive three months ago.

"We are happy that the honorable judge  has granted an injunction restraining them and their agents from conducting any purported congress in the state with less than fifteen  days to party congress"

Ekpeyong appealed  to aggrieved members  to obey the court order and avoid crisis  in the party while I prepares for nomination of flag bearer.