By Kolawole Ojebisi
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has dismissed the suit filed by a former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, challenging his suspension from the party.
In a unanimous decision taken by a three-man panel of judges presided over by Justice Uchechukwu Onyemenam the appeal of the former Edo state’s governor was dismissed on Tuesday at the request of the former APC national chairman.
Oshiomhole had approached the court seeking to challenge his suspension from the party by officials of his ward in Edo State.
Justice Danlami Senchi of an Abuja High Court had given effect to the suspension of Oshiomhole from his ward on the ground that the executives of Ward 10 in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State acted in line with the constitution of the party.
In the heat of the crisis that rocked the APC,before its seeming resolution, the Etta Hilliard-led NWC backed by Oshiomhole announced the lifting of the suspension and reinstatement of the suspended National chairman.
The announcement was swiftly countered by some executive members of Oshiomhole’s ward who insisted that he remained suspended.
But at the resumed hearing of the suit on Tuesday the counsel representing the former chairman informed the court of his client’s decision to withdraw the suit which originally sought a stay of execution on the judgment of the court affirming his suspension.
The suit withdrawal may be in line with President Buhari’s appeal to all aggrieved members of the APC to withdraw pending litigations for peace to reign in the party.
The National Executive Council (NEC) of the party had also dissolved the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC.
In his reaction, Oshiomhole accepted the decision of the council and pledged his loyalty to the ruling party and the President.
Other members of the three-man panel are Justice Mohammed Mustapha and Justice Muazu Lamido.