Desist From Presiding Over APC Affairs, Kano Court Tells Ganduje.

By Ismaila Adeyemi

In a significant legal development, the Kano State High Court has granted an ex parte order affirming the suspension of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Ganduje. The court’s ruling, delivered by Justice Usman Malam Na’abba, has far-reaching implications for the party’s internal affairs.

The court upheld the suspension of Abdullahi Ganduje as a member of the APC. This decision follows an exparte motion filed by Ibrahim Sa’ad, representing two executive members of the APC Ganduje ward in Dawakin-Tofa local government area. These executives include the assistant secretary, Laminu Sani, and the legal adviser, Haladu Gwanjo. Notably, these individuals were part of the nine-member ward executive who initially suspended Abdullahi Ganduje just two days ago.

The court ordered that henceforth, Ganduje should desist from presiding over all affairs of the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC. This directive aims to prevent any further involvement by Ganduje in the party’s internal matters.

Pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit on April 30, 2024, the court directed that the four parties involved in the matter—namely, the All Progressives Congress (APC), APC National Working Committee (NWC), APC Kano State Working Committee (KSWC), and Abdullahi Ganduje should maintain the status quo ante bellum as of April 15, 2024.

Justice Na’abba also ruled in favor of the legally and validly considered decision of the executives of Ganduje ward. This decision was endorsed by a two-thirds majority of the ward executives, as stipulated by the party’s constitution. The court specifically barred the APC Kano State Working Committee from interfering with this decision.

Earlier, nine members of the Ganduje ward had proclaimed the suspension of the National Chairman of the APC, citing allegations of corruption leveled against him by the Kano state government. However, this suspension was subsequently voided by twenty-seven executive members of the same ward, who vowed to take legal action. These twenty-seven members described the initial nine as non-party members engaged in anti-party activities.

This court ruling adds further complexity to the ongoing political landscape within the APC. As the party grapples with internal divisions, the legal battle surrounding Abdullahi Ganduje’s suspension will undoubtedly shape its future course.

 

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