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APC Members Sue Tinubu, Akande Over Imposition of Party Officers

Five members of the All Progressives Congress under the aegis of New Lagos Movement have sued the National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, and the party’s acting National Chairman, Bisi Akande, over imposition of party officers at the April 5 congresses of the party in Lagos.

The plaintiffs, in the fresh suit before the Federal High Court in Lagos, are seeking an order restraining the defendants from allowing any delegate who may be presented by the state chapter of APC to participate at the national convention of the party scheduled to hold between June 13 and 14 or at any other time.

The plaintiffs, Akinniyi Akinsiju, Michael Popoola Ajayi, Olugbenga Fakoya, Toyin Raheem and Taiwo Sanyaolu, had filed the suit through their lawyer, Nurudeen Ogbara, seeking judicial intervention over the alleged imposition of party officers.
Apart from Tinubu and Akande, others joined as defendants in the suit are the Chairman of APC Congress Committee, Garba Abari; the APC itself and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Abari’s committee supervised APC congresses which were designed to produce leaders of the party in the state.

One of the plaintiffs, Sanyaolu, in an affidavit to support the suit, recalled that all the plaintiffs specifically formed a nucleus group within the APC known as the ‘New Lagos Movement’ in order to instill internal democracy within the party.

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