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Buhari Cautions APC Leadership, Says Aggrieved Members Free To Sue Party

Unic Press UK: The Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the position of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), that its members in court over party-related issues should withdraw the case.

In a statement Monday, the Special Adviser to the President for Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina said that President Muhammadu Buhari is of the view that anyone who’s deprived of his or her rights is at liberty to approach the courts for redress.

“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,” an excerpt from the statement reads.

It was last week that the APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu issued a statement saying:

“For emphasis, according to Article 20, Subsection 10 of our party’s Constitution, offences against the party include: ‘Filing an action in a court of law against the party or any of its officers on any matters relating to the discharge of the duties of the party without first exhausting all avenues for redress provided for in this Constitution. 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.”

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