President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday countered the directive of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which tasked its aggrieved members to withdraw court cases instituted against the party.
The NWC, under the chairmanship of Com. Adams Oshiomhole, had last week directed party members to withdraw court cases they instituted against the party or face punitive measures.
This comes as members of the ruling party in Imo, Delta, Ogun, and Rivers states, among other states, are in court challenging the results of the contentious primaries that saw Oshiomhole accused of taking bribes.
President Buhari, in a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said if anyone was displeased with the way and manner anything was done and felt deprived of their rights, then such a person was at liberty to approach the court for redress.
“We can’t deliberately deny people of their rights. We agreed that party primaries should be conducted either through direct, indirect or consensus methods, and if anyone feels unjustly treated in the process, such a person can go to court.
“The court should always be the last resort for the dissatisfied. For the party to outlaw the court process is not acceptable to me,” Buhari said.
President Buhari also advised members to work with the reconciliation committee empaneled for the six geo-political zones by the APC, and not a purported “Presidential Committee on Reconciliation”, stressing that the party was the only body authorised to constitute such a committee.