APC Members Drag Tinubu, Others to Court Over Imposition of Candidates
Some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have dragged the national leader of the party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu to court, for not following democratic process in electing candidates in the recently concluded congresses of the party.
Also dragged alongside Tinubu are the party’s Interim National Chairman, Bisi Akande, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Garba Abari and the APC itself.
In the court summon obtained, the members accused Tinubu and others imposing candidates on the members during the party’s congress which held between the 5th day of April, 2014 and the 18th day of April, 2014 and therefore rejected idea of imposition by Tinubu.
According to the applicants, they were surprised that after members had trooped out in large numbers and queued behind their favourite candidates at the end of which electoral results were announced in most centres to the hearing of everybody, Bola Tinubu unilaterally and unconscionably altered the results of many local government areas and started allocating already voted offices to his preferred elements thereby declaring persons who lost on the fields to be the winners of the elections. They alleged that the false results in Surulere Local Government Area were declared in connivance with Femi Gbajabiamila, a member representing of the House of Representatives, declared false results and awarded offices to their stooges. Same declaration was also declared in Ikorodu North Local Council Development Area and endorsed by Tinubu.
In several other local government areas of the state of Lagos, including but not limited to Somolu, Agboyi-Ketu, Mushin, Ikeja and Ojodu Local Government Areas, the 1st defendant, using the agency of the 2nd defendant, manipulated election results to favour his cronies and in some places where elections did not hold due to violence, the 1st defendant unilaterally declared a number of persons favoured by him to be party executives.
They revealed that on the 16thday of april, 2014, at a gathering of party members at the party secretariat situated along Acme road, Ogba, ikeja, Lagos, Tinubu unilaterally announced that he had zoned the governorship ticket in Lagos State to Lagos East comprising Ikorodu and Epe areas of Lagos State without any prior consultation with or room for debate by members of the party, while party offices had been zoned by 30% to the youths, 30% to the women and 40% to the elders and further that offices had been zoned to various parts of the state via a process not permitting popular democracy.
They prayed the court to grant:
A. An order nullifying and setting aside the results of the local government congresses of the 4th defendant declared in Lagos State on the 12th day of April, 2014 as same do not represent the actual outcome of the electoral processes and are mere concoctions of the 1st defendant by which he actually imposed his loyalists as party leaders.
B. An order nullifying the results of the state congress of the 4th defendant declared in Lagos State on the 26th day of April, 2014 as same do not represent products of genuine electoral processes and are mere concoctions of the 1st defendant by which he actually imposed his loyalists as party leaders.
C. An order nullifying the zoning declaration unilaterally made by the 1st defendant and restraining him, his agents, cronies and allies from implementing same as regards the governorship ticket of the 4th defendant in Lagos State as same is inconsistent with the extant provisions of the constitution of the 4th defendant.
D. An order nullifying the zoning declaration unilaterally made by the 1st defendant and restraining him, his agents, cronies and allies from implementing same as regards the governorship ticket of the 4th defendant in Lagos State as same is offensive to the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as altered).
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