The Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo, Taraba State on Tuesday, ordered the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the state Chairman of the party, Ibrahim Tukur El-Sudi not to recognize any other persons as Chairmen of the 5 Local Governments in Southern Taraba apart from those who were genuinely elected by the party’s Congress.
Delivering judgment in a suit filed by Pius Damba, counsel to Habu Abdulrahman and others, Justice Simon Amobeda, of the Federal High Court Jalingo said that there was no cogent reason for the state party Chairman to rely on a letter purportedly conveyed to him by the National Organizing Secretary of the party to replace the duly elected party officials with some other persons.
The judge ordered that the status quo must be maintained.
Equity News Track recalls that the Taraba state Chairman of the APC, Barr. Ibrahim Tukur El-Sudi had on Sunday 14th of May 2022 sworn in and inaugurated four-party local government Chairmen for Takum, Ussa, Ibi, and Wukari local government areas of the state.
El-Sudi who supervised the oath-taking and inauguration of the officials at the party secretariat in Jalingo noted that he followed the directives given to him by the national secretariat of the party.
He informed that following the inauguration of the new officials, those who were previously elected and sworn in and replaced should no longer parade themselves as party officials.
“In a bid to correct the anomaly that ensued at our national convention, I wrote to the national secretariat to seek the authentic list of delegates from the National secretariat. The national secretariat gave me a list of new people from these four local government areas and I am obliged to work with them.
“I will have to swear them in as demanded by our constitution. Whoever is not comfortable with this should please lias with the national secretariat for clarification. I am only following the order given to me” he had said.
However, widespread protest followed the swearing-in of the new officials with some groups alleging that the chairman had compromised and called for his resignation or sack.
It was further recalled that the DSK Campaign Organization through its Chairman, Abba Akawuzaga had also on Sunday the 15th of May 2022 at a press briefing in Jalingo opposed the decision taken by EL-Sudi which they described as unilateral and called on the National Chairman of the party to call the state chairman to order.