While the Political Parties Registration Commission (PPRC) on Friday 10th January 2020 dismissed an application for postponement of the All Peoples Congress (APC) National Delegates Conference (NDC), the High Court presided over by Justice Komba Kamanda on that day slammed an interim injunction stopping the NDC stipulated for 10th to 12th January 2020. The PPRC had received a letter dated 6th January 2020, written by Robin Farley (Publicity Secretary 2 of the APC) and some registered members (all of whom were referred to as the plaintiff) for the postponement of the conference. The letter was written pursuant to Section 6 of the Political Parties Act No. 3 of 2002. The PPRC said by reason of the restrictive nature of section 6(2)(d) of the Act, they were constrained to dismiss the application for want of ‘Locus Standi’ of the applicant. The Commission noted that in line with the Section, that application can only be brought by the leadership cadre of political parties and that Farley by the Party’s Constitution was a national officer and member of the secretariat and not the leadership. The court orders on the other hand came following a case filed in court on Friday 10th January 2020 by the National Reformation Movement (NRM) of the APC for an Interim injunction on the party’s conference slated for Saturday 10th to 12th January 2020.
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According to the NRM, the party’s leadership had ignored certain concerns which they had ahead of the convention.
The Judge ordered “An interim injunction granted restraining the defendants whether by themselves, their agents, privies, servants or whosoever called from conducting or holding the APC National Delegate Conference slated for the 10th to 12th January, 2020 and on any other date pending the hearing and determination of this application …”
Further that “The defendants are to be served with the motion dated 10th day of January 2020 and the order of the court.” Also “The Inspector General of Police is to be served with a copy of the order.” Following the orders of the Court, the APC issued a Press statement accepting the orders.
According to the release signed by the National Secretary General, Alhaji Osman Foday Yansaneh, they were not going to hold the NDC for the adoption of their draft constitution.
The court adjourned the matter to 17th January 2020.
By Edna Browne-Dauphine
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