A Political Group loyal to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has demanded the removal of Governor Mai Mala Buni as Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the party.
The Group, South West Agenda for Asiwaju 2023 (SWAGA’23), in a suit filed at the Federal High Court, Ekiti State Division, asked for the sack of Buni as the Party Chairman.
It was learnt that the group consists of members of the Ekiti State APC, who are promoting Tinubu’s rumoured Presidential bid ahead of the 2023 election.
The Group also urged the court to nullify all actions taken by Buni as APC Caretaker Committee Chairman and as well annul the July 31 Ward Congresses of the party in Ekiti State.
In the suit, SWAGA members also sought an interlocutory injunction stopping the conduct of the Local Government Congress which held in Saturday “or an order declaring the outcome illegal”.
The Group is also seeking from the court “a declaration that Buni cannot hold the position of Chairman, Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Committee of the APC as such appointment/role is a constitutional violation of Section 187 of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Article 8 of the party’s constitution.
“A declaration that all actions or steps taken by the APC under the control, supervision, direction of the so-called caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of APC, headed by the 2nd defendant, including the conduct of ward congresses across Nigeria and Ekiti State on 31st July, 2021 was illegal and unconstitutional on the ground that Buni under whose such steps or actions were taken was ineligible to superintend over 1st defendant party affairs while still serving in office as a Governor.
“A declaration that all Committee/Ward congress committees set up by the 3rd defendant pursuant to the Ward Congress of 31st July 2021 were unconstitutional, illegal, null and void and in total violation of the guidelines of the 1st defendant on the conduct of the Congress”.
The Group also sought “a declaration that no congress was held in Ekiti-State chapter of the APC as no result has been declared in respect of the congress as at the date of filing this case”.’
Joined in the suit are APC (1st defendant), Mai Mala Buni (2nd defendant), Ekiti APC Chairman, Paul Omotoso (3rd defendant), Chairman, Ekiti Congress Screening Committee, Samuel Abejide (4th defendant) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (5th defendant).