A Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court sitting in Jabi District of Abuja on Wednesday ordered a temporary suspension of the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, pending the determination of the substantive suit.
Justice Danlami Senchi, gave the order following an application of interlocutory injunction asking the court to suspend Oshiomhole, having been suspended as a member of the APC from his Etsako ward 10 in Edo State.
The application was filed by Mustapha Salihu and five others through their counsel, Oluwole Afolabi.
While Oshiomhole is the first respondent, the APC is the second respondent .
The plaintiffs in their application dated and filed on January 16 had contended that Oshiomhole is currently suspended by the party and has not challenged the suspension.
According to the plaintiff lawyer, Oshiomhole’s rights as a member is currently abated and cannot continue to act as chairman of the party.
He argued that Oshiomhole cannot continue to enjoy benefits from the APC in view of his suspendion as a member of the party.
A senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN), Damian Dodo is the lawyer representing Oshiomhole and the APC.
In his ruling on Wednesday, Justice Senchi, held that the first and second respondent wrongfully kept Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of the party.
The court also ordered that Oshiomole should stop parading himself as the Chairman of the party.
The judge also asked the APC to desist from acknowledging him as the chairman of the party
The court further ordered APC not to grant Oshiomole access to the party Secretariat.
Justice Danlami Senchi said that political parties must be bound by their constitution adding that since Oshiomhole had been evidently suspended by his ward and the suspension not challenged, he has no business any longer parading himself as national chairman of the party.
Meanwhile, hearing in the substantive matter has been adjourned to April 7 and 8 by the Judge.