By Ismail Mudashir
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, countered the directive of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which tasked its aggrieved members to withdraw court cases they instituted against the party.
The NWC, under the chairmanship of Com. Adams Oshiomhole, had last week directed party members to withdraw court cases they instituted against the party or face severe punishment.
APC is battling with several cases in court over the controversies surrounding its primaries.
Members of the party in Imo, Delta, Ogun, and Rivers states, among other states, are in court challenging the results of the primaries.
President Buhari, in a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said if anyone was displeased with the way and manner anything was done and felt deprived of their rights, then such a person was at liberty to approach the court for redress.
The president said, “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 said.
President Buhari also advised members to work with the reconciliation committee empaneled for the six geo-political zones by the APC, and not a purported “Presidential Committee on Reconciliation”, stressing that the party was the only body authorised to constitute such a committee.
The APC, in a decision ascribed to the NWC, had last week threatened to punish members across the country who had dragged the party to court over various issues.
APC, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, said, “The party intends to activate constitutional provisions to penalise such members as their action is capable of undermining the party and hurts the party’s interest.