These are not the best of times for the ruing All Progressives Congress whose National Congress was billed for February 2022 following agitations for by the progressive governors for the Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker to step aside, and reports of some aggrieved members of the party dragging the Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The plaintiffs in the suit dated January 4, 2022, according to The Punch are: Suleiman Dimas Usman, Muhammed Shehu, Samaila Isahaka, Idris Isah, and Audu Emmanuel, and listed as defendants in the Court processes were the APC, Chairman of APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The aggrieved members of the APC are praying the Court for an order to stop the convention on the ground that state congresses were yet to be completed in all the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
Although no date has been fixed for the hearing of the case, the plaintiffs in the suit dated January 4, 2022 also want the Court to direct the 1st and 2nd defendants to first conduct state congresses in Anambra state and Zamfara state before the national convention of the 1st defendant can be scheduled and conducted.
Analysts who spoke with Notable Outcome on Saturday in Port Harcourt reasoned that the infighting was being heightened desperate moves by factions in the party to control the machinery in order to favour the emergence of their preferred candidates.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has called on members of the APC to close ranks in order to conduct a successful National Convention, even as he warned that the projection of selfish interests above that of the party could possibly pave way for the return of the Peoples Democratic Party to power at the centre.
The plaintiffs in the suit dated January 4, 2022, are: Suleiman Dimas Usman, Muhammed Shehu, Samaila Isahaka, Idris Isah, and Audu Emmanuel.