The Supreme Court today struck out an appeal by members of the sacked executive of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kwara State, led by Ishola Balogun-Fulani, finally nailing the political waterloo of the Sarakites.
In an unanimous ruling, the five-man panel of the apex court led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour held that the appeal lacked merit.
Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, in the lead ruling, noted that the appeal from an interlocutory decision of a High Court in Ilorin, its record ought to be complied and transmitted within 14 days as required under Order 7 of the Supreme Court’s Rules.
Ariwoola held that the appeal is incompetent, since the appellants failed to comply with the court’s rules by transmitting the record of appeal outside the 14-day period.
In December 2018, National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, had dissolved the Balogun Fulani-led executive, following the defection of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his loyalists to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and installed another state executive under the chairmanship of Bashir Bolarinwa.
The officials were also prevented from participating in the 2019 general elections in the state on APC’s platform.
A Kwara State High Court had in December granted the application of the group against the dissolution and pronounced it the authentic leadership of the APC in the state but the APC National Working Committee challenged the ruling. They approached the Court of Appeal and it reversed the judgment of the lower court. It recognised Bolarinwa and Abdulrahaman Abdulrazaq as the authentic chairman and governorship candidate of the APC in Kwara State.
Consequently, the aggrieved members approached the apex court in a final attempt for the reinstatement of their committee and declaration of its nominated candidates as the authentic ones for the APC.
They asked the court to prevent the APC national leadership from recognising the Bolarinwa-led state executive committee.