APC crisis: INEC takes stand on extension of Oyegun’s tenure

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said it would
remain neutral in the suit seeking to nullify the one-year tenure
extension granted to National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives
Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and other members of the
National Working Committee, NWC, of the party.

In a 4-paragraph counter affidavit that was deposed to by one Ibrahim
Sani Mohammed, INEC, said it would abide by whatever decision the
Federal High Court in Abuja takes on the matter.

INEC's lawyer, Idris Yakubu, submitted, "My lord we decided not to
file any process either in support or in opposition to the suit. We
want to remain neutral and will be bound by judgment of this court."

It will be recalled that the National Executive Council of the APC had
at a meeting it held on February 27, 2018, extended the four-year
tenure of the party officials due to expire on June 30, by one year.

However, four aggrieved members of the party- Ademorin Kuye from Lagos
State; Sani Mayanchi from Zamfara State and currently the Publicity
Secretary of the party in the state; Are Mutiu also from Lagos State,
and Machu Tokwat from Kaduna State, maintained that the action of the
APC NEC was illegal.

Aside Odigie-Oyegun, others affected in the suit marked
FHC/ABJ/CS/237/2018 are officials of the party at the National, State,
Local Government Area, and Ward level across the country.

Cited as 1st to 4th defendants in the suit are INEC, APC, Chief
Odigie-Oyegun and the National Organising Secretary of the party,
Senator Osita Izunaso.

Among other prayers, Kuye and others want the court to order
"Mandating/Compelling the APC to organize elective National, State,
Local Government and Ward conventions of the party in accordance with
section 20 of the APC Constitution 2014 (as amended) and section 85
(3) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended) for the purpose of electing
members of the National Working Committee, State Working Committee,
Local Government Area Executive Committee and Ward Executive Committee
of the party on or before the expiration of the tenure of the existing
officers of the party.

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