From Noah Ebije, Kaduna
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), northwest zone, has said that it was working very hard to settle out of court the governorship crisis of the party in Kaduna state.
One of the governorship aspirants of the APC in Kaduna state, Alhaji Sani Sha’aban had approached the Federal High Court to challenge the process of primary election of the party in the state, alleging that there was no delegate primary election, thereby violating section of the electoral act.
The court is likely to rule on the matter on Monday, being October 31, 2022.
However, addressing a press conference at the weekend, the Zonal Secretary of the party, Hon. Bello Muhammad said the, “party is working very hard to see that the court case against the Kaduna state gubernatorial candidate of APC, Mallam Uba Sani is settled out of court”.
Also speaking at the press conference, the Director, Legal Services, Sanusi Samaila (Esq), who represented the National Legal Adviser of the party explained that the party will be guided against abusing the provision of the Electoral Act.
But Muhammad, added that out of the 36 cases against the party at the law court, arising from the pre-election matters, 25 have been won in favour of the party in the zone.
” Some of these cases involved members of our party against another member, while others are inter-party issues. But, just like I said earlier, 25 cases have been won with the combinations of reconciliation mechanism and court verdicts.
” We are still not relenting to ensuring that other pending cases are settled out of court, using the reconciliation mechanism. As a progressive party, we dont want to see any of our member pursuing any court case against one another.
“Today, due to the party’s leadership efforts, on the average, we have 10 to 11 cases pending at the court, and this is a plus to the party in view of the number of cases that the party had earlier.
“As a party, our responsibilty is to unite our members, and that is exactly what we are doing to ensure that our members are united.” the Zonal Secretary explained.
He however, assured Nigerians of APC’s commitment to strictly adhere to the code of conduct as stipulated in the Electoral Act, and not to involve itself in any form of character assasination during campaigns.
This is just as the leadership of the party in the zone disclosed that its campaigns will be issue based, and not attacking other political parties or thier candidates while campaigning.