One hundred members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have sued the Mai Mala Buni-led caretaker committee of the party.
The plaintiffs are urging the Federal High Court in Abuja to dissolve the 13-member caretaker committee of the APC being led by Mr. Buni, the Yobe State governor.
They contend that the committee falls short of the statutorily required 24 members that must be spread across not less than two-thirds of Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
In the suit marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/938/2021, the plaintiffs added that the headship of the caretaker committee by a sitting governor holding dual executive offices is prohibited by Section 183 of the Nigerian constitution and Article 17(4) of the APC constitution.
It is also the contention of the plaintiffs that Nigeria’s Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, lacked the legal backing to administer an oath of office to Mr. Buni as caretaker chairman of the party.
In the suit filed by Samuel Irabor on behalf of the plaintiffs, they argued that only the National Working Committee of the party could constitute a Caretaker Committee as provided under Article 13(4)(xvi) of the APC Constitution.
Sued as defendants in the suit are Mr. Malami, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), among others.
In a similar way, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Yobe State has asked the court to sack Mr. Buni and his deputy and swear in its own candidates in the last governorship election in the state as their replacements.
The PDP argued in the suit filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja that combining the governor’s office with another executive position is a constitutional violation.
The Yobe State governor’s office and that of the deputy governor, Idi Gubana, have therefore become vacant after Mr. Buni took up the APC appointment, the PDP said.
The opposition party asked that its governorship candidate in the 2019 election, Umar Damagum, and his running mate, Baba Aji, be sworn in as replacements for Mr. Buni and his deputy.
Channels Television posted copies of some pages of the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/885/2021 on its website on Thursday.
The court document shows the PDP, along with Messrs Damagum and Aji, as the plaintiffs who jointly instituted the suit.
Mr. Buni, the Yobe State deputy governor, Mr. Gubana, the APC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) were sued as the defendants in the suit.