A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed due to lack of diligent prosecution a case instituted by a group of the Kwara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), led by Bashir Bolarinwa and loyal to the Honorable Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Muhammad.
The case which was thrown out by the Abuja court due to ‘lack of diligent prosecution’ had been filed since January 29, 2021 by 11 members of the party. They prayed the court to order Mr Abdullahi Samari to stop parading himself as the party’s caretaker Chairman in the state.
The case was instituted by the Kwara APC Caretaker Welfare Officer, Joseph Tsado; APC Caretaker Chairman of Isin Local Government area, Bamidele Ogunbayo; APC Caretaker Vice Chairman of Ilorin East Local Government, Abdullateef Kolawole, APC Caretaker Vice Chairman of Asa Local Government area, Imam Abdulkadir, and seven others. While the APC National Secretary of its Convention Planning Committee, John Akpanudoedele; and Alh Abdullahi Samari are respondents.
The case was reportedly instituted as a result of the brewing crisis centered on the alleged rift between Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and the Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Muhammed.
The group also prayed for an interlocutory injunction to restrain the party from beginning or continuing the Membership Registration, Revalidation and Update Exercise that started in February, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.
The Lai Mohammed group had also written the Governor of Yobe, Mai Mala Buni, who is also the Chair, APC Caretaker and Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee urging the party to suspend the registration exercise. The letter dated February 1 was served through their legal representative, R.O Balogun.
The next move of the Lai Mohammed group with respect to the ruling remains unknown as they’re yet to react to the court judgment.