The Kwara State High Court has recognised the executive committee of the Isola Balogun-Fulani faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

Balogun-Fulani and other APC leaders in his team are ardent supporters of Senate President Bukola Saraki who had defected to the PDP leaving them behind.

The party’s National Working Committee (NWC), led by Adams Oshiomhole in June suspended and subsequently dissolved the Balogun-Fulani-led executive for conducting a parallel congress.

In its place, the party constituted a caretaker committee, led by Bashir Bolarinwa.

Dissatisfied with the development, Balogun-Fulani approached the State High Court, praying for the reversal of the decision and a declaration of the decision as illegal.

Delivering judgment yesterday, Justice T. S. Umar held that the purported dissolution of the Balogun-Fulani-led exco is illegal, null and void.

The court said it recognised the executives of Balogun-Fulani as the authentic exco of Kwara State APC.

It directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise the list of candidates presented by the Balogun-Fulani-led exco.

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But APC’s lawyer Kamaldeen Gambari said: “We already envisaged this and we had prepared our Notice of Appeal. As I am discussing with you, one of us is on his way to file the appeal. The judgment will not stand. It is against the facts presented before the court,” he said.

The party’s state spokesperson Folarin Aro said: “The Judiciary is already bastardised, particularly in Kwara State. It is a known fact that the third arm of government in the state is politicised and some judges are at the beck and call of the power that be.”

Also, Balogun-Fulani urged the party’s NWC to act on the list of candidates for 2019 elections his committee submitted to it.

But the APC has insisted that the sacked Balogun-Fulani-led exco remains expelled.

A statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu on Wednesday reads: “We wish to restate the NWC decision to expel the erstwhile Ishola Balogun-Fulani-led APC Executive in Kwara State.

“This is in view of widespread misinterpretations given to a judgment of an Ilorin High Court on Wednesday.

“The decision to expel Balogun-Fulani and others is well within the powers of the NWC, which investigated and deliberated on the anti-party activities of the sacked state executive.

“Also, it is important to note that direct primaries were used to elect party candidates for Kwara State, hence the state executives had no role to play in the primaries. Only the list of candidates who won through the direct primary conducted by the NWC-inaugurated committee was submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). These candidates remain the authentic flagbearers of APC.

“We, therefore, urge the good people of Kwara State and indeed the APC members to remain unrelenting in our collective and irreversible movement towards total liberation of the state. The O To Ge (Enough Is Enough) train is on course and has full endorsement of the NWC of the party.”

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