Friday, 3 September 2021

APC: Court stops Mubi-south LG Congress in Adamawa


Conflicts are widening in Adamawa State ahead of the local government Congresses scheduled for Saturday by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The latest to come to light is a disagreement over the exercise planned for Mubi South Local Government Area (LGA), leading to a court order stopping it.

The Adamawa State High Court, sitting in the state capital, Yola, in an originating summons obtained by our correspondent on Friday, responded to an application by the plaintiff, Idris Shuaibu, by granting an order of interim injunction restraining the organisers of the congress from holding it in Mubi South.

The summons addressed to the APC, its Adamawa State Chairman, Ibrahim Bilal and two others as defendants, has asked the defendants to appear before the court in the meantime to address issues raised against the congress scheduled for Mubi South. 

The originating summons, signed by the presiding judge, Justice Kyanson Samuel, said the defendants were needed for the determination of, among other issues, whether it is not antithetical for the chairman and secretary of the APC in Mubi South who are aspirants for the chairmanship of the party at the congress to organise and determine the venue for the congress meant to elect the LG chairman and other executives.

The court said the defendants were also required to answer whether it was not unlawful, having regard to the constitution of the APC, for the APC Mubi South Congress to be scheduled for two separate venues simultaneously.

According to the originating summons, the suit is adjourned to Tuesday, September 7, for the hearing of the motion on notice pending before the court.

The conflicting issues in Mubi South imply that the APC is embroiled in conflicts in at least three LGAs in Adamawa State ahead of the Saturday LG congress.

The caretaker executives of the party in Hong LGA had earlier on Sunday raised an alarm that some highly placed elders were planning to impose aspirants of their choice on the party.

And just on Thursday, two opposing groups within the party in Ganye LGA were reported to be on each others’ throats over who becomes the next chairman as each is interested in separate aspirants of their own, with one group threatening to disrupt the process if their aspirant is not favoured.

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