From Desmond Mgboh, Kano

A Kano State high Court presided by Justice Usman Malam Na’abba has granted an exparte order restraining the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) Abdullahi Umar Ganduje from parading himself as a member of the party.

The order followed an exparte motion filed by Ibrahim Sa’ad Esq on behalf of two executive members in All Progressives Congress in Ganduje ward, Dawakin-Tofa local government area namely the Assistant Secretary, Laminu Sani and the Legal Adviser Haladu Gwanjo (plaintiffs) who were part of the ward executive members that suspended Abdullahi Ganduje two days ago.

The court directed the respondents namely the All Progressives Congress (APC), APC National Working Committee (NWC), APC Kano State Working Committee (KSWC), and Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, to maintain status quo ante belum as from 15th April, 2024, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit on 30th April, 2024.

“An order is hereby granted directing all parties in the suit APC (1st), APC National Working Committee (2nd), Kano State Working Committee APC (3rd), Dr. Abdullah Umar Ganduje (4th), to maintain status quo ante belum as of 15th April, 2024.”

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” The order thereby restraining the 1st respondent (APC) from recognizing the 4th respondent (Ganduje) as member of APC and prohibiting the 4th respondent (Ganduje) from presiding over any affairs of the NWC and restraining the state Working Committee from interfering with the legally and validly decision of the ward executives of Ganduje ward.

“That the 4th respondent (Ganduje) is prohibited from parading himself as member of APC or doing any act that may portray him or seem to be a member of APC pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit”.

It will be recalled that some members of the Ganduje ward had on Monday suspended the National Chairman of APC over the allegation of corruption slammed on him by Kano state government.

The nine APC executives said they were prompted to act following a petition written by one Ja’afaru Adamu, a member of APC from the National Chairman’s polling unit.

In the petition, Adamu complained over allegation of corruption charges against the former Governor just as he urged the ward leaders to investigate the matter to redeem the dented image of the party and the implication on President Bola Tinubu’s fight against corruption.

Although, the Chhairman and Secretary of the Ganduje ward failed to act on the petition filed since 8th April, 2024, nine members of the executives led by the Legal Adviser had acted upon the petition, suspending the National Chairman of the party. End