Akeredolu backs Buhari on aggrieved APC members


Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu   is backing  President Muhammadu Buhari that the aggrieved members of All Progressives Congress can seek redress in court.



But the  governor  disagreed with some members of the party’s National Working Committee,  who  faulted the president’s position on the  issue.



Speaking on Sunday, Akeredolu said  Buhari’s position  on the matter could not  be faulted.



He said,  “Let me state without any doubt that I stand on a good wicket in arguing that the position of the President, an acknowledge veteran in court disputation, cannot be faulted. The argument  of the NWC members is totally flawed.



“The provision of our party’s  constitution referred to severally and relied upon  to support their claim can only be used in law as a shield and not a sword.



“Using the provision  as a shield will include approaching the court to decline jurisdiction to hear any of the cases if domestic fora for settlement in accordance with the party’s  constitution was not exhausted before commencement of the suit.



“The court will look into the circumstances of each case to reach a conclusion. In most cases the court will be obligated to inquire into whether or not there was  an opportunity for exploring the domestic fora for settlement in accordance with the party’s  constitution.”



Akeredolu also  said  the NWC’s position was  an invitation to infringe on the constitutional rights of members, adding that there was no provision in  the party’s constitution prohibiting members from seeking redress in court.



He  advised the NWC members to seek a proper legal advice before taking decisions  likely to cause more confusion in the party.
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