The All Progressives Congress (APC) has threatened to expel a member of the party who instituted a lawsuit seeking an amendment of the constitution to allow President Muhammadu Buhari contest for a third term in office.
Charles Enya, an APC member from Ebonyi State, had filed the suit marked FHC/AI/CS/90/19, before a Federal High Court in Abakiliki, the Ebonyi State capital.
But in a statement issued by Lanre Issa-Onilu, its National Publicity Secretary, the APC said it wholly disassociates itself from Enya’s lawsuit.
The ruling party said it was dumbfounded by Enya’s anti-democratic actions in spite of President Buhari’s open declaration ruling out the possibility of him contesting for the Presidency when his tenure expires in 2023.
The APC described the Ebonyi indigene as “a busy body with ulterior motives”.
The statement read: “The All Progressives Congress read in the media about a purported legal action taken by a self-proclaimed member of the Party, Charles Enya, seeking an amendment of the Constitution to allow President Muhammadu Buhari run for a third term in office.
“The party had initially chosen to ignore him. However, it has become important to send a clear message to him and such other agents provocateurs.
“At the last National Executive Committee meeting of the party, President Buhari didn’t mince words and he is not the type that talks tongue-in-cheek. He pointedly said he would abide by the constitution and uphold the oath of office he took, swearing by the holy book he believes in.
“This he said was besides his advanced age which made such an idea beyond his contemplation.”
The APC wondered why Enya went ahead to file a lawsuit despite the news reports and videos in circulating showing the president quashing the idea of contesting for a third term.
The ruling party said it had begun an investigation into the true status of the litigant, adding that it will take “serious disciplinary action” if he is found to truly be a member of the APC.
The statement read: “The president said history would not be fair to members if the APC collapses after his second term.
“What better proof is required of the President’s resolve to abide by the constitution on term limit?
“The party is, however, by this statement sending a strong signal to such other busybodies like Charles Enya who may be contemplating testing the resolve of our government on our mission to work for the best for our country to be ready to face the law.
“As a party, we would not take kindly to anyone or group causing unnecessary distraction for this administration through anti-democratic actions.
“We have tried to find out the status of this character claiming to be a member of our party.
“If he turns out to be our member, we would ensure the party organ that has the responsibility to act on this matter promptly commence the process of expelling him.”