By Sylvanus Okpe
The Lagos state branch of the African Action Congress (AAC) has rejected the court order removing Omoyele Sowore as the national chairman of the party.
A faction of AAC had in May suspended Sowore, presidential candidate of the party in the 2019 elections and his deputy.
The reason for his suspension from the party was hinged on his “failure to convene national executive council (NEC) meeting, financial misappropriation and other anti-party activities,” and Leonard Nzenwa was appointed acting chairman in his stead.
On Friday, the federal high court sitting in Abuja affirmed the suspension and ordered Sowore to stop parading himself as the party chairman.
Joshua Adeoye, counsel to Sowore, had argued that his client travelled outside the country before the matter with suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/512/2019 was filed and therefore was unable to depose to the counter-affidavits.
Inyang Ekwo, the judge presiding over the matter, however, dismissed the argument.
However, Kunle Ajayi, acting chairman of AAC Lagos had on Monday during a press conference, described the judgment as “cut and sew” that should not be allowed to stand.
“This judgement is copiously biased, neither on logic or merit but on some technical jargons that are unfounded,” he said.
Agba Jalingo, the AAC chairman in Cross Rivers state, also said their chapter stands in solidarity with Sowore.
“Please, go and tell Leonard that none of them should come near Cross River State, we do not know Leonard, the person we elected is Omoyele Sowore. We cannot follow a leader we do not know,” he said.
Ahmed Buhari and Adesina Afolabi, party chairmen in Kwara and Ogun also rejected Nzenwa as their leader.
Sam Ajeigbe, the AAC national treasurer, also joined others in declaring support for Sowore stating that the ousted national chairman did not spend money belonging to the party.