A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has summoned the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to appear before it over the leadership crisis rocking the party in Kaduna state.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba also granted an order of substituted service allowing some contestants in the forthcoming local government council elections in Kaduna state to serve court processes by way of substituted means on the defendants, who are outside the court’s jurisdiction.
The plaintiffs in the matter, Aliyu Ismail, Abdullahi Yusuf Babanya’u and Ado Mohammed had dragged the IGP, INEC, Oyegun and others before the court over the legality of Shuaibu Idris Lauje as the chairman of the party in the state.
Also summoned to appear before the court were Senator Lawal Shuaibu, Inuwa Abdulkadir, and the Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission.
The plaintiffs in a motion exparte, through their counsel, Babs Akinwumi, asked the court to restrain Lauje from parading himself as the chairman of the party in the state.
They also prayed the court to restrain the IGP from harassing, intimidating or arresting Alhaji Danlami Wada, who is the acting chairman of the party in the state from performing the functions of his office.
Justice Dimgba granted the prayers of the plaintiffs and adjourned the matter to June 30 for hearing.