A Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out two suits challenging the dissolution of the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
It also sought to declare unlawful the establishment of the National Caretaker Committee, led by Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo, in two rulings on Tuesday, held that the plaintiffs lacked the locus standi (the legal right) to institute the cases against the party.
The first suit was filed by a former Southsouth National Vice Chairman of the party, Hilliard Eta, in the name of APC, while the second suit was instituted by a former APC Youth Leader in Abia State, Kalu Kalu Agu.
Plaintiffs in both suits had sought an order to determine the legality or otherwise of the June 17, 2020 National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting which dissolved the NWC and appointed the Buni-led National Caretaker Committee.
They had prayed the court to reverse the dissolution of the Oshiomhole-led NWC and declare the Buni-led NWC unlawful.
Upholding the separate preliminary objections filed by the defendants, the court held that the plaintiffs did not show or prove how the dissolution of the NWC on June 17, 2020 by 16 of the 20 members of APC NEC infringed on their civil rights and obligation more than any other member of the party.
“There must be a nexus between a plaintiff and the cause of action,” the judge said and averred that the first plaintiff did not fit properly into who a plaintiff should be.
He also said Eta “referred to himself as a regular member of the party”.
Justice Taiwo held that for the APC to be a plaintiff in the suit, there must be the existence of a faction, adding that the second plaintiff did not claim anywhere to belong to a faction of the party, in the affidavit he deposed to.
“I am of the well-considered view that issues raised by the plaintiffs are not justiceable. They are issues of internal affairs of a political party.
“It is sheer waste of time and there is no reason to consider the substantive matter,” the judge said and struck out both cases.