An Abuja High Court has struck out a suit challenging the eligibility of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, to continue to preside over the affairs of the party.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Oshiomhole, Simon Ebegbulem, Justice S. O. Oriji struck out the suit filed by one Steven Oshawo and others.
Oshawo and others from ward 10, in the Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, where Oshiomhole hails from, had gone to court asking it to stop Oshiomhole from parading himself as the national chairman of the APC.
They stated that Oshiomhole had been suspended from the APC by members of his ward 10.
But Oshiomhole in his defence, argued that the applicants did not have the powers to suspend him because they had all been suspended in their respective units in ward 10.
The statement said, “Therefore, at the time they purported to have suspended the national chairman, they have no such powers anymore since they were earlier on suspension.
“Oshiomhole also noted before the court that Article 21 of the APC constitution automatically expels any party member who ran to court without exhausting the provisions of the APC constitution, therefore described the suit as lacking merit and should be dismissed.
“However, on January 20, upon being served with all the processes, the plaintiffs filed a motion seeking to withdraw the suit.
“But counsel for Oshiomhole, Ikhide Ehighelua, opposed the application through a counter affidavit and urged the court to dismiss the suit in its entirety.
“Counsel for Oshawo and others, Abang Peter, said the plaintiffs were no longer interested in the suit.
“However, in his ruling, Justice S.O. Oriji, struck out the matter and awarded N100,000 cost against the plaintiffs.”