Court throws out suit against Odigie-Oyegun, others on tenure extension

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday dismissed the two suits challenging the decision by All Progressives Congress to extend the tenure of its National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, and other members of the National Working Committee, the state, local government and ward levels.

The presiding judge, Nnamdi Dimgba, in two separate judgments, ruled that the suits had become hypothetical, academic and spent, with the decision already reversed by the National Executive Committee of APC.

Justice Dimgba noted that he had taken “judicial notice” of the fact that the party is presenting going through the process in electing presiding officers at all necessary levels including fixing her national convention for May 19.

He averred that the court does not give judgment “for fancy” but only “addresses live issues.”

However, the learned Jurist maintained that the attempt to introduce extension of the tenures if allowed the party would have been a violation of both the Nigerian and APC’s constitutions.

You may recall the party’s National Executive Council in her meeting of February 27,2018 muted the idea of an extension of tenure of her National Working Committee and at other levels by one year but had to back out following the advice of President Muhammudu Buhari against same.

The two suits challenging the move to extend tenure as filed were by an Imo State indigene, Mr. Okere Uzochukwu, marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/219/2018 and dated March 2, 2018, and another marked FHC/ABJ/CS/237/2018 by four APC members from Lagos state aspiring to run for leadership positions challenge the move.

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