Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court in Abuja has restrained the suspended National Chairman of the African Action Congress (AAC) and the Presidential candidate of the party in the 2019 general election to stop parading himself as the national chairman of the party.
The court also ordered the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Malcolm Fabiyi, to stop parading himself as Deputy National Chairman and restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from further recognizing the suspended chairman, Sowore pending the determination of the motion on notice.
In the order granted by the court, Sowore and Fabiyi were restrained from further exercising any power or function relating to the offices pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
In the motion on notice marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/512/2019, Justice Ekwo granted an interim injunction restraining the 1st and 2nd defendants, whether by themselves, agents, privies or howsoever described, from parading themselves as the National Chairman and Deputy National Chairman (Headquarters) of the AAC, or exercising any power or/and function relating to such offices pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
”An order of interim injunction is hereby made restraining the 3rd defendant (INEC) whether by itself, staff, agents, privies or howsoever described, from further recognizing the Chairman and Deputy National Chairman (Headquarters) of the African Action Congress, AAC, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice”.
Sowore was suspended as the Chairman of the party and in his place, Dr Leonard Nzenwa, was appointed the Acting National Chairman of the party.
In the affidavit in support of the motion on notice, the party alleged that Sowore failed to fulfil the mandatory statutory requirement of holding the National Executive Committee meeting of the party quarterly.
He was also accused of receiving money from a foreign donor and used it for his personal use.
The party said despite appeals made to him to call for NEC meeting of the party to respond to allegations against him, he failed to do so.
The party further said that it reached a resolution on March 27th, 2019 suspending them from the party for six months.