November 19, (THEWILL) – South West Secretary of the New Nigeria People’s Party, (NNPP), Dr Babatunde Oke has chided the Kano State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), over the Court of Appeal Judgement which ruled that Kano state governor, Abba Yusuf is not a member of the NNPP, saying the APC and the Court have no right to determine who is a member of the NNPP.
“The issue of membership of a political party is a party affairs and it’s outside the purview of Court’s jurisdiction. It is a matter which only political party can decide. To inquire into such would amount to a Court poking into the internal or domestic affairs of the party.
“The Court of Appeal in its judgement held that Yusuf was not in the membership register of his political party, which has been argued in the past and the judgement was that membership of a candidate rest on the party and its memeber, why now is the business of APC, it is intra – party affairs.
He said from the previous judgements, it has been ascertained that political parties have supremacy over its own affairs and no Court can inquire into the membership or leadership of a Political Party.
“In the case of Abba vs Gawuna, same Court ruled that it has jurisdiction to interfere in the party’s membership. Same country, same Court, same judges but different judgement, this is surprising. APC should not destroy the judiciary”.
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