Oki stirs controversy, writes APC leadership, demands list of delegates for Lagos State Congress

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BY ROTIMI DUROJAIYE

Disquiet is brewing in Lagos State chapter of All Progressives Congress, as a chieftain of the party in the state, Fouad Oki, has written the national secretariat of the party, demanding for the list of delegates that will participate in the state congress scheduled to hold on Saturday.

Consequently, Oki, a former vice chairman of the APC in the state, has forwarded two letters to the national caretaker committee of the party.

In two separate letters, addressed to the chairman of the APC National Caretaker Committee, Mai Mala Buni, copies of which were sent to the Secretary of the Committee, its Director of Organisation and Director of Legal Services of the Committee, Oki is demanding for the list of delegates, statutory and elected, who are expected to participate in the Congress on Saturday.

In the letters obtained exclusively by The Point, Oki also reminded the Committee by a previous ruling of the court which ordered that the Congress be conducted on 20 local government structure.

Published below are the two letters:

12th October, 2021

The Chairman Caretaker Committee,

All Progressives Congress (APC),

National Headquarters,

40, Blantyre Street,

Wuse II,

Abuja,

FCT.

Dear Sir,

Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/548/2021; Fouad Oki v. All Progressives Congress (APC) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

Demand for the List of Delegates for Lagos State Congress

The Federal High Court of Nigeria on 6th October, 2021, delivered judgment in the above suit which I was the Plaintiff.

The Court held that it is only 20 Local Governments that are recognized by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and nothing more. The Court also directed that our great party should not conduct congress in not more than the 245 wards that makes up the 20 local governments in Lagos State.

In line with the above, I hereby request for the full list of delegates (elected and statutory) who are to participate in the State Congress scheduled to hold on Saturday 16th October, 2021 in the constitutionally recognized 20 Local Government Areas and 245 wards in Lagos State.

I shall call on you on Thursday 14th October, 2021 for the collection of the above-subject matter.

Yours faithfully,

Cc:

1. National Secretary,

The Chairman Caretaker Committee,

All Progressives Congress (APC),

National Headquarters,

40, Blantyre Street,

Wuse II,

Abuja,

FCT.

2. Director of Organisation,

All Progressives Congress (APC),

National Headquarters,

40, Blantyre Street,

Wuse II,

Abuja,

FCT.

3. Director of Legal Services

All Progressives Congress (APC),

National Headquarters,

40, Blantyre Street,

Wuse II,

Abuja,

FCT.

12th October, 2021.

The Chairman Caretaker Committee,

All Progressives Congress (APC),

National Headquarters,

40, Blantyre Street,

Wuse II,

Abuja,

FCT.

Dear Sir,

Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/548/2021; Fouad Oki v. All Progressives Congress (APC) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

Notification of Court Judgment

The Federal High Court of Nigeria on 6th October, 2021, delivered judgment in the above suit which I was the Plaintiff.

The Court held that it is only 20 Local Governments that are recognized by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and nothing more. The Court also directed that our great party should not conduct congress in not more than the 245 wards that makes up the 20 local governments in Lagos State. this is to the effect that the congress of our party must be conducted only in the recognized 20 Local Governments and 245 wards in Lagos State. A copy of the judgment is attached for your attention.

Mr. Chairman, in order to avert any crises that may arise from the conduct of the congress in Lagos State, I strongly advise that we abide by the judgment of the Federal High Court so as not to be in contempt of Court and nullification of the congress.

Yours faithfully,

Fouad A. Oki

Cc:

1. National Secretary,

The Chairman Caretaker Committee,

All Progressives Congress (APC),

National Headquarters,

40, Blantyre Street,

Wuse II,

Abuja,

FCT.

2. Director of Organisation,

All Progressives Congress (APC),

National Headquarters,

40, Blantyre Street,

Wuse II,

Abuja,

FCT.

3. Director of Legal Services

All Progressives Congress (APC),

National Headquarters,

40, Blantyre Street,

Wuse II,

Abuja,

FCT.

NOTIFICATION OF COURT JUDGMENT

DEMAND FOR THE LIST OF DELEGATES FOR LAGOS STATE CONGRESS