Suspended Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank has challenged the decision of the party’s NWC to suspend him from the party by dragging the national leadership of the party to court.
It was gathered that the APC national headquarters was served with the court summons to appear today (Tuesday) before Court 23 sitting in the Apo District of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
According to APC source, who confirmed the receipt of the court papers by the legal department, the leadership has assembled a legal team to represent it at the court.
Frank, however may face automatic expulsion for violating the party’s constitution which bars members from suing the party until they have exhausted internal mechanisms.
Such constitutional provisions, stipulate in Article 21 (section D, Sub Section 5) of the APC that: “Any member who files an action in court of law against the party or any of its officers on any matter or matters relating to the discharge of the duties of the party without first exhausting the avenues for redress provided for in this constitution shall automatically stand expelled from the party on filing such action. And no appeal against the expulsion as stipulated in this clause shall be entertained until the withdrawal of the action from court by the member”.
The party’s National Vice Chairman (South-South), Ntufam Hilliard Eta, who suspended the Deputy National Publicity Secretary, had said that the suspension of Frank followed due process.