Confusion As Same Court Restores Oshiomhole As APC Chairman



By Ayo Kehinde


The Kano Federal High Court  papers


The Nigerian Judiciary is up to its pranks again as the Federal High Court in Kano on Thursday upturned an earlier judgment by a court of coordinate jurisdiction which suspended the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, from office.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, has filed an appeal; against his suspension from office by a court.
An FCT High Court had on Wednesday granted an order of interim injunction stopping Oshiomhole from parading himself as the National Chairman of APC, pending the determination of a suit.

Justice Danlami Senchi, who granted the injunction, held that political parties must be bound by their constitution and having been suspended by his ward 10 in Etsako West Local Government in Edo State, Oshiomhole becomes restrained from functioning as the National Chairman of the party pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit. The judge fixed hearing for April 7 and 8, 2020.

At the Federal High Court in Kano, presiding Judge, Justice A.Lewis Alagoa, directed all the parties to the pending suit to maintain the status quo pending the disposal of the Motion on Notice. He also directed that the restoration of all the privileges to Oshiomhole to enable him function in office as National Chairman. He adjourned hearing to March 5, 2020.

Following the Wednesday judgment in respect of an ex-parte application filed by Oluwole Afolayan on behalf of the National Vice Chairman, North East of the APC, Mustapha Salihu; a factional Chairman of the APC in Edo State, Anselm Ojezua; and others, is seeking a court-sanctioned removal of Oshiomhole from office, the party had said it would comply by asking Oshiomhole to step aside.

 Victor Giadom, Acting National Secretary of the party said it will comply with the order on the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as national chairman.

He said; “The most important thing is that the party is going to respect the court order (on Oshiomhole’s suspension)… the national working committee will meet soon on the matter.”

However, shortly after the judgment, which the party had promised to abide with, Oshiomhole filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division.

He and the APC were the Appellants, while those who dragged him to court in the first instance, the Inspector General of Police and the Department of State Services, DSS, were among the Respondents.

Rather than the Appeal Court, it is the Federal High Court, Kano that has heard the suit, creating confusion in the process as a court of same jurisdiction cannot vacate the judgment of an equal.