Court restrains Kwara APC from recognising Ishowo as Secretary

Court restrains Kwara APC from recognising Ishowo as Secretary

A Kwara State High Court, Ilorin, has restrained the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from recognising Alhaji Mustapha Salman Ishowo, as the secretary of Alanamu central ward.

The order was sequel to a motion ex-parte filed by counsel to members of the party in Alanamu Central Ward, Ilorin West Local Government Area of the state.

It will be recalled that after the suspension of Ishowo on the allegation of anti-party, members of the APC in Alanamu Central Ward dragged the state chapter of the APC to court to prevent his further recognition.

According to the originating summons dated February 16, 2023 and deposed to by one of the three claimants in the matter, Jaji Abdulganiy, on behalf of the party, the ward asked the court to restrain the state chapter of the APC (2nd defendant), forthwith from further recognising Ishowo as its secretary in the state.

They asked the court to further declare that Ishowo acting as the secretary of the 2nd defendant in spite of his suspension is “ultra vires, illegal, null and void”.

In the order granted by Justice I. A. Yusuf on March 2, 2023, the court restrained the state chapter of the APC from recognising Ishowo as the state secretary of the party, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice already filed.

“ORDER UPON A MOTION EX-PARTE and supporting affidavit dated March 2, 2023 and filed on the same day.

“AND AFTER LISTENING to A. O. Abubakar, Esq learned counsel to the Claimants/Applicants, moved the motion ex-parte and the court having considered the application moved, granted same as prayed

“IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that parties are to maintain status quo and ensure peace pending the hearing of the motion on notice already filed.

The case is adjourned to March 13, 2023 for hearing of the motion on notice

“GIVING AT ILORIN UNDER the seal of the court and hand of the presiding Judge on March 2, 2023”.

Also, members of the APC in Alanamu ward have demanded for compliance with the court order restraining Alhaji Ishowo from parading himself as the state secretary of the party.

Counsel to the Claimants/Applicants, I.0. Jimoh Esq, a principal partner for Olasehinde J. Adeseko & Co, in a statement said:

“We hereby bring to your attention, the Order of the Court made and dated March 2, 2023 restraining the Defendant/ Respondent from parading himself as the Secretary of the 2nd Defendant respondent; Kwara State Chapter of the APC pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.

“It is equally contained in the Order that the 2nd Defendant is restrained from further recognizing the Defendant/Respondent as its secretary in Kwara pending the hearing and Determination of motion on notice.

“It is pertinent to note that the order was granted as prayed.

“We wish to draw your attention to the fact the rule of law is supreme and being the position of the law, the Order of the Court must be obeyed”.

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