A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday ordered parties in the suit challenging the planned adoption of the indirect primary mode of election by the Kogi State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to take any further actions which could affect the subject of the case pending its final determination.
The presiding judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo gave the order while ruling on an ex-parte motion filed in the suit instituted by some members of the Haddy Ametuo-led faction of the party in the state.
The plaintiffs include the party’s Ex-officio, Destiny Eneojoh Aromeh, Organizing Secretary, Isah Abubakar, Zonal Youth Leader, Noah Aku, and the party’s Zonal Women Leader, Mrs. Joy Onu.
They had, in their ex-parte motion prayed the court for ‘an order of interim injunction, restraining the defendant by itself, its organs, agents or any person as so ever described from adopting the indirect mode of primaries for the nomination of the governorship candidate in the forthcoming governorship primaries of 2019 in Kogi, pending the determination of the motion on notice.
They are, in the main suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/833/2019 seeking to, among others, stop the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) from adopting the indirect primary model to select the party’s candidate for the August 29 primary ahead of the November 16, 2019 governorship election in the state.
In the ruling, Justice Taiwo also granted an accelerated hearing in the case on the grounds that the APC primary for the next governorship election in Kogi has been fixed for August 29, 2019
The judge further ordered all the involved parties to file all the necessary documents and he indicated his intention to hear the substantive suit and all pending applications on the next adjourned date.