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Court fails to lift injunction stopping APC convention

Attempts by the All Progressives Congress to lift the injunction barring it from holding its national convention on March 26 suffered a setback on Tuesday as an FCT High Court sitting in Kubwa adjourned the matter till Thursday, meaning the convention is still not 100 per cent certain.

The said restraining order, which was issued on November 18, 2021 by Justice Bello Kawu, was instituted by Salisu Umoru, a member of the party.

When the application was called on Tuesday, there was mild confusion as two lawyers claimed to be representing the APC and Buni, who are the first and second defendants in the suit respectively, while INEC is the third defendant.

Mr Shuaibu Aruwa (SAN) and Michael Adoyi, who claimed to be from the chambers of Musa Yakubu (SAN), announced appearance for both the APC and Buni.

According to the senior lawyer, the 1st and 2nd defendants have briefed him to take over the matter from Musa Yakubu, SAN. But Adoyi, who held brief for Yakubu, countered the senior lawyer, stating that his principal had not been debriefed from the matter.

Following the confusion over the rightful counsel for the 1st and 2nd defendants, the court observed that the case could not go on as scheduled and subsequently announced a short adjournment to enable the APC to put its house in order.

“Having heard from counsel, it appears there is a disagreement over who the counsel representing the 1st and 2nd respondents will be. I, therefore, order the 1st and 2nd respondents to write to the court who their counsel is. This matter is hereby adjourned till March 17, 2022,” Justice Kawu said.

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