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APC NWC dissolution: Court orders substituted service on Caretaker committee

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Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Monday ordered substituted service of court processes in a suit challenging the dissolution of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The judge ordered that the summons for the APC Chairman of the Caretaker Committee and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, be pasted at the entrance of the National Secretariat of the APC at No: 40 Blantyre Street, Wuse, Abuja.

The order followed a complaint by a plaintiff in the matter, Mr Kalu Kalu, that the respondents have been evading service of court summons since they got wind of the suit.

Others, who are also affected by the order on service, are: Governor Sani Bello, Senator Ken Nnamani, Isiaka Oyebola, Dr James Lalu, Senator Abubakar Yusuf, Hon. Akinyemi Olaide, David Leon, Prof. Tahir Mamman, Ismail Ahmed and Senator Akpan Udoedehe

In a short ruling after an exparte motion was argued by the plaintiff on behalf of himself, Justice Taiwo ordered that the originating summons and other processes in the matter be served on third to 14th defendants by posting same on the entrance gate of the APC headquarters in Abuja, since the party is the second defendant in the matter.

The judge further ordered that the service when effected by the court bailiff shall be deemed good and proper service.

He accordingly adjourned to September 4 for hearing.

Kalu, a Youth Leader of the APC in Abia State, is challenging the powers of the National Executive Council (NEC) to sack the national leaders barely two years out of their constitutionally guaranteed four year term of office.

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