Court of Appeal overturns Sowore’s dismissal from AAC, affirms him as party chairman

The Abuja Court of Appeal on Thursday confirmed Omoyele Soworé as national president of the African Action Congress (AAC). Sowore, a pro-democracy activist and editor of Sahara Reporters, has been embroiled in a leadership dispute with some former party members. But in its ruling on Thursday, the appeals court criticized the decision of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which approved the suspension and eventual dismissal of Sowore as national president of the AAC. The appeal court held that the judge, Inyang Ekwo, lacked the jurisdiction to do so, as the matter was an internal matter of a political party. In 2019, Mr. Ekwo held in his sentence that Mr. Sowore, who was the AAC’s presidential standard-bearer, was duly suspended by the party’s National Executive Committee. The appeal court overturned the sentence and affirmed Mr. Sowore as national president against a party faction leader, Leonard Nzenwa. Background Last month, the AAC said Sowore remains its national leader and presidential standard-bearer for the 2023 presidential election. In a statement, party spokesman Femi Adeyeye debunked a report by Sylvester Cletus that Sowore was removed for violating the party’s constitution and misappropriation of funds, among other crimes. The party claimed that the report accusing Mr. Sowore of misconduct was false, criminal and sponsored by an expelled party member, Leonard Nzenwa. He noted that Mr. Sowore never misused party funds, but provided details on the spending of campaign funds. “As a matter of education, let it also be known that the fact that Mr. Sowore holds the presidency of the party and is its presidential candidate is not unconstitutional or immoral.” Referring to similar instances, the AAC noted that there were times when founding fathers such as Obafemi Awolowo, Nnamdi Azikiwe and later Gani Fawehinmi led their parties while competing as presidential candidates. “The African Action Congress is a party rooted in democratic principles and has processes and lessons from our history. “At the right time, there will be a change in the leadership structure by the democratic will of the party members. “Leaving the matter alone is asking our friends in the media to ignore this story and send it to the trash can of history where it belongs. “Swore remains a staunch member of the party, a leader of leaders and a presidential contender in the 2023 election,” the opposition party said. SEE: Governor Yahaya Bello’s roadmap to Hope 2023 Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Court of Appeal overturns Sowore’s dismissal from AAC, affirms him as party chairman