The Kano State High Court has issued an ex parte order restraining Abdullahi Ganduje, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), from functioning as a member of the party. This ruling, delivered by Justice Usman Na’abba on Tuesday, came in response to an ex parte motion filed by two executive members from Ganduje’s ward in Dawakin-Tofa Local Government Area.

The plaintiffs, Laminu Sani (Assistant Secretary) and Haladu Gwanjo (Legal Adviser), along with seven other ward executives, took action following Ganduje’s suspension on Monday. The court directed Ganduje to cease presiding over all affairs of the APC’s National Working Committee until the substantive suit is heard and determined on April 30, 2024.

Furthermore, Justice Na’abba instructed all parties involved, including the APC, APC National Working Committee, APC Kano State Working Committee, and Ganduje, to maintain the status quo ante belum as of April 15, 2024. This effectively halts any interference with the decision made by the executives of Ganduje’s ward until the court’s final judgment.

The court order explicitly prohibits Ganduje from identifying or presenting himself as an APC member during this period. This legal move stems from allegations of corruption levied against Ganduje by the Kano State Government, which prompted the suspension by nine members of his ward’s executive committee.

The suspension was triggered by a petition submitted by Ja’afaru Adamu, an APC member from Ganduje’s polling unit, regarding corruption charges against the former governor. Although initially overlooked by the ward chairman and secretary, nine executives, led by the legal adviser, took action upon the petition.