A Federal High Court, in Kano, has on Thursday, ordered that status quo be maintained in the matter regarding the suspension of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole.
A Federal Capital Territory, FCT, High Court, in Jabi, Abuja, had on Wednesday, granted an interlocutory injunction suspending Oshiomhole from Office, based on an application by some members of the party.
However, Justice Lewis Allagoa of the Federal High Court, in Kano, granted the order reinstating Oshiomhole, in a motion exparte filed by one Aliyu Muhammad-Rabiu.
Justice Allagoa ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, not to recognise anybody other than Oshiohmole, as the National Chairman of the APC, pending the determination of the substantive matter before it.
The court restrained parties in the matter from giving effect to the purported suspension of the National Chairman, from Ward 10 of Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, on November 2, 2019.
Justice Alagoa ruled: “All the parties to this suit are directed to maintain the status quo ante bellum, pending the hearing and disposal of the motion on notice filed herein, that is, an order directing the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Defendants, either by themselves, servants, privies, assigns, or any Officer howsoever described, and whatever name called, from giving effect to the purported resolution of the Ward, Etsako West Local Government Area, of 2nd November, 2019, suspending the 2nd Defendant (Oshiomhole), as a member of the 1st Defendant, APC, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
“Also that the 3rd Defendant (INEC), is restrained from dealing, communicating, or howsoever recognising any person other than the 2nd Defendant (Oshiomhole), as the National Chairman of the 1st Defendant (APC), for any party business, or carrying out any duties vested on the Commission by the Electoral Act.
“Furthermore, that the time the Defendants in this suit shall enter appearance and file their processes in defence of this suit, is abridged to seven (7) days.”
The Applicant’s Counsel, Johnmary Chukwukasi, moved the exparte motion, as the court fixed April 8, for hearing on the motion on notice.