President Muhammadu Buhari has faulted the order of the All Progressives Congress, APC, leadership which forbade members who were aggrieved over the primaries for the 2019 elections, from seeking redress in court.
The President’s advice is coming a week after the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, led by Chairman Adams Oshiomhole asked aggrieved party chieftains to resolve their disagreement with the party internally and threatened to punish members who filed legal action against the party.
We strongly advise such members to withdraw all court cases, while approaching the appropriate party organs with a view to resolving any outstanding disputes.
“In addition to this, aggrieved members are urged to take full advantage of the reconciliation committees the Party has put in place.
“APC members should understand that as a progressive party that operates on the principle of change, it is not a matter of choice to keep to the rules,” the committee had said in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Lanre Isa-Onilu.
But in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari said, “We can’t deliberately deny people of their rights. We agreed that party primaries should be conducted either through direct, indirect or consensus methods, and if anyone feels unjustly treated in the process, such a person can go to court.
“The court should always be the last resort for the dissatisfied. For the party to outlaw the court process is not acceptable to me,” he added.
The President has also advised members to work with the reconciliation committees empanelled for the six geo-political zones by the APC, and not a purported Presidential Committee on Reconciliation, stressing that the party is the only body authorised to constitute such committees.