Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja has affirmed the suspension of the National Chairman of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore and his deputy, Malcom Fabiyi.
The Judge, on Friday, also declared Dr Leonard Nzewa as the party’s acting National Chairman.
Justice Ekwo granted all the reliefs sought in the suit filed by Nzewa, among which was for the court to affirm the decision of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) to suspend Sowore and Fabiyi for six months at its meeting held on March 27, 2019.
Sowore, who is the publisher of online news platform, Saharareporters, was the party’s presidential candidate in the February 23, 2019 election.
The party’s NEC suspended him, Fabiyi and some others for allegedly engaging in anti-party activities.
Justice Ekwo held that the failure of Sowore and Fabiyi to personally depose to an affidavit and enter defence in a case brought against them by the acting National Chairman, Nzenwa, was fatal to their claims.
The judge also granted a perpetual injunction restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission( INEC) and agents from recognising Sowore and Fagbiyi as the National Chairman and Deputy National Chairman of AAC.
However, Sowore while reacting to the judgement, said “we’ve commenced the process of appeal already. The judgment won’t stand.”