The National Director (Mobilisation), of the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO), Mr Johnson Podar, has dragged the Plateau chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to court over alleged injustice during the party’s state congress.
In the case filed at the State High Court, Bukuru, Podar is praying the court to nullify the state congress that brought the current state executive council into office on the grounds that the said congress was not conducted according to APC’s stipulated guidelines.
The Plantiff, from Fier Ward in Pankshin Local Government, claimed that he had signified interest in contesting for the state chairmanship seat, and paid the N100,000 fee for the nomination form. He claimed that after he submitted the nomination form, he embarked on campaigns for the election, but was not allowed to contest for the seat.
“When we convened at the congress venue on May 19, 2018, the chairman of the state congress said that two persons were contesting for the post of state chairman, but that the person contesting against the incumbent chairman, Mr Dabang Letep, had been disqualified because his name is not in the APC register. “Summarily, he proceeded to call Letep to stand before the congress as the sole contestant. “I repeatedly raised my hand to observe a point of order but was not given audience to be heard on the matter,’’ he claimed in the affidavit.
Podar further claimed that he stood up and publicly protested his disqualification, while waving
his APC membership card with registration number 11249, to confirm that he was a registered member of the party. He said all attempts to get internal justice from the APC proved abortive.
Podar’s Counsel, Mr Samuel Abba, restated that his client was wrongfully disenfranchised. Abba, however, explained that he had been served with a counter affidavit and a notice of preliminary objection challenging the jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Justice Ishaku Kunda, after listening to both sides, adjourned the case to Feb, 7, 2019, for further hearing.