The last may not have been heard on the crises that is rocking the All Progressive Congress APC over the nationwide primaries, as President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday issued a fresh directive that gives aggrieved party members the right to seek redress in court
This is just as the President also disowned a “ Purported Presidential Committee on reconciliation” saying that only the party’s NWC has right to constitute such committee.
In a statement signed on Monday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President countered an earlier directive issued by the party’s National Working Committee NWC , forbidding the aggrieved members from seeking redress in Courts over the primaries
According to the President “ If anyone is displeased with the way and manner anything has been done, and feels deprived of his/her rights, then such a person is at liberty to approach the courts for redress.”
The statement noted that the President was reacting to the position of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which recently forbade members from dragging the party to court.
According to the President “ We can’t deliberately deny people of their rights. We agreed that party primaries should be conducted either through direct, indirect or consensus methods, and if anyone feels unjustly treated in the process, such a person can go to court.
“The court should always be the last resort for the dissatisfied. For the party to outlaw the court process is not acceptable to me.”he said.
The APC, in a decision ascribed to the National Working Committee (NWC) had last week threatened to punish members across the country who had dragged the party to court over various issues.
According to a statement, “The Party intends to activate constitutional provisions to penalise such members as their action is capable of undermining the Party and hurt the Party’s interest.
“We hereby strongly advise such members to withdraw all court cases, while approaching the appropriate party organs with a view to resolving any outstanding disputes. In addition to this, aggrieved members are urged to take full advantage of the reconciliation committees the Party has put in place.
“APC members should understand that as a progressive party that operates on the principle of change, it is not a matter of choice to keep to the rules.
The President also advised members “to work with the reconciliation committees empanelled for the six geo-political zones by the APC, and not a purported Presidential Committee on Reconciliation, stressing that the Party is the only body authorised to constitute such committees.”
Tony Ailemen, Abuja