APC threatened to expel Abubakar Sama’ila Isah, others
In what appeared a subtle threat to some of its aggrieved governors and their proxies, the ruling All Progressives Congress APC has threatened to activate constitutional provisions regarding the several court actions instituted against it as a result of the outcome of its recent nationwide congresses.
Vanguard learned the decision was taken at Monday’s meeting of the National Working Committee NWC of the party.
It could be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari’s son-in-law, Malam Abubakar Isma’ila Isa, has headed to court to challenge the outcome of the just concluded All Progressives Congress, APC, party primaries in Katsina State that saw Governor Aminu Masari clinching the return ticket of the party in the state.
Isa’s rejection of the primaries outcome came as Masari’s name had been forwarded by the party to Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as its governorship candidate in the race.
Isa, in a petition filed to the Appeal Committee of the party in Abuja to register his grievance, faulted the adoption of indirect primaries, which led to the emergence of Masari.
Confirming the development in a statement, Monday night, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu said the NWC “frowned at the actions of some Party members who have resorted to litigation as a way of addressing their perceived grievances and disputation without exhausting the party’s dispute resolution mechanism”.
Article 21(D)(v) states; “Any member who files an action in court of law against the party or any of its officers on any matter or matters relating to the discharge of the duties of the party without first exhausting the avenues for redress provided for in this constitution shall automatically stand expelled from the party on filing such action and no appeal against expulsion as stipulated in this clause shall be entertained until the withdrawal of the action from the court by the member”.
The party has now warned against the growing trend which it described as “manifest indiscipline”.
“The actions, it should be noted, is considered as anti-party as it goes against our Party’s constitution.