APC primaries: Buhari overrules Oshiomhole, says aggrieved members could go to court

By Abdallah el-Kurebe, Editor

President Muhammadu Buhari has overruled the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who threatened that any party member who took the party court would be sanctioned and submitted that if anyone was 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.

A statement by the Senior Special Adviser to Mr President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina Monday, gave the position of Mr President as reacting to the position of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which recently forbade members from dragging the party to court.

“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,” Buhari stated.

It would be recalled that the  National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC was, last week, reported to have threatened to punish members across the country who had dragged the party to court over various issues.

“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,” APC’s statement was quoted to have warned.

Buhari 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.