Akpanudoedehe warns Adamu against disobeying court order

The secretary of the now-defunct Caretaker/Extraordinary Conference Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress, Dr John Akpanudoedehe, has written to Nationwide Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu, to reverse plans to stick to the enchantment courtroom order staying the swearing-in of a brand new social gathering chairman for Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the APC.

Akpanudoedehe’s letter, dated April 14, 2022, referred to as on the social gathering chief’s consideration to the Nationwide Authorized Adviser of the social gathering who’s advising the authorized group of the previous secretary to withdraw from representing him within the enchantment.

Earlier, Adamu had sworn in Stephen Ntukekpo because the state’s APC Chairman regardless of the Court docket of Enchantment ruling staying execution of the choice of the decrease courtroom.

In a letter titled ‘RE: APPEAL NO: CA/ABJ/CV/353/2022 BETWEEN: SEN. JOHN JAMES AKPANUDOEDEHE V STEPHEN LEO NTUKEKPO & 5 OTHERS,’ the previous secretary stated, “I collect from my authorized group as an Appellant within the aforestated enchantment that the Nationwide Authorized Adviser of the social gathering is presently advising them to withdraw from representing me within the enchantment.

“Ordinarily I might not have responded as I’m doing now, because the causes given to maintain your recommendation for his or her withdrawal are already sub-judice earlier than the Court docket of Enchantment.

“It’s possible you’ll want to confer with the processes filed by the first, 2nd in addition to the third Respondents within the enchantment which I connect hereto in your ease of reference as annexures A1 and A2.”

He famous that the chairman remained the 4th Respondent within the enchantment presupposing that “between each of us your purpose for advising my legal professionals to withdraw from additional illustration is sub-judice.

“I’ll due to this fact advise that you just enable the courtroom to resolve whether or not I can competently keep my enchantment or not fairly than usurp the features of the courtroom right now.”

In a report dated April 9, 2022, The PUNCH revealed that Adamu had reversed among the choices taken by his predecessor Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.

Earlier than leaving workplace, Buni had given standing directions to legal professionals representing the APC to enchantment courtroom judgments difficult the conduct of congresses supervised by the caretaker committee.

One of many appealed judgments was that of the Federal Excessive Court docket recognising the Akwa Ibom State faction of the APC led by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, over that of the erstwhile Secretary, Akpanudoedehe.

Nonetheless, in a letter signed by the Head, Authorized Companies of the APC, which was addressed to Adeniyi Akintola (SAN) & Firm dated April 6, 2022, it was said that the brand new chairman had directed that every one instances appealed by Buni’s committee be instantly withdrawn from courtroom.

The letter titled, ‘Discover of Withdrawal of Instruction’, pertains to a case marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1635/2021 between Stephen Ntukekpo and three others vs. the APC and three others.

In his most up-to-date letter, Akpanudoedehe maintained that “our administration delivered the Nationwide Conference of our nice social gathering whereas I used to be the Secretary of the Caretaker Extraordinary Conference Planning Committee at which conference all of the acts of our committee had been adopted together with the result of the State Congress in Akwa Ibom State.

“The winners within the Akwa Ibom State Congress had been sworn in alongside the winners within the different 35 states of the federation on the identical day on the similar time. As a founding member of the social gathering and the instant previous Secretary on the secretariat, I can’t bear in mind when the social gathering withdrew from any enchantment within the method performed within the immediate case.

“Whereas I harbour no bitterness in opposition to that motion, I count on you to respect my proper of enchantment as a celebration in opposition to whom a judgment was given, being one of many defendants on the decrease courtroom.

“Let me on a last notice advise that you just chorus from additional calling on my authorized group to withdraw their look for me as I discover that fully unacceptable, notably when my contract with them borders on a lawyer-client relationship. Please respect the boundaries.”

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