Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has faulted a position by the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) that aggrieved members should not seek redress in court over crisis rocking the party following outcome of its primaries.
Akeredolu, who was aggrieved over the outcome of the primaries which excluded numbers of his supporters, expressed support to the position of President Muhammadu Buhari that aggrieved members of the party had legitimate rights to seek redress in court.
Reacting to the position of some members of the party’s NWC which faulted the President’s position, Akeredolu said Buhari’s position on the matter could not be faulted.
He said: “Let me state without any doubt that I stand on a good wicket in arguing that the position of the President, an acknowledge veteran in court disputation, cannot be faulted.The argument of the NWC members is totally flawed.
“The provision of our party’s constitution referred to severally and relied upon by the NWC to support their claim can only be used in law as a shield and not a sword. Using the provision as a shield will include approaching the court to decline jurisdiction to hear any of the cases if domestic fora for settlement in accordance with the party’s constitution were not exhausted before the commencement of the suit.
“The court will look into the circumstances of each case to reach a conclusion any which way. In most cases, the court will be obligated to inquire into whether or not there was an opportunity for exploring the domestic fora for settlement in accordance with the Party constitution.”
The Governor added, “What our NWC members are canvassing against the President’s position is anarchy; an invitation to infringe on the constitutional rights of our members in a democracy by using the provision of the party’s constitution in issue as a sword. This will certainly not stand the test of time.”
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