National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Babatunde Ogala, has said that the party will institute legal action against Buba Galadima for what he described as the “criminal acts” of forming the Reformed-All Progressives Congress (APC), a faction of the ruling party, and declaring himself chairman.
Ogala, in a statement said Galadima committed impersonation by referring to himself as the substantive Chairman of R-APC, a variant of APC, “whilst he knows full well that there is indeed no such political party in Nigeria.”
He accused Galadima of suggesting that he is the substantive Chairman of APC even though he knows that Com. Adams Oshiomhole is indeed the Chairman of the party.
He said that “in the circumstance, Galadima has committed the offence of Impersonation as defined and punishable under Section 484 of the Criminal Code and the authorities will be requested to do their work in bringing him to account.”
He added that “for the infringement so far committed by Galadima and the odium he has brought upon the APC brand, we will be seeking civil redress against his person and that of his group.”
The statement reads in part, “Two days ago, on July 4, 2018, we witnessed a Press Conference by one Mr. Buba Galadima speaking allegedly on behalf of a group of politicians who claim to be of our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“His very act, taken together with the content of his Press Release were reminiscent of the televised military address issued after a successful execution of a Coup De Tat which Nigerians had become used to before the advent of this sustained democratic experience.
The only difference being that Mr. Galadima was gabbed in civilian attire.
“Furthermore, other persons purporting to be members of this group have gone to town seeking to validate this unruly conduct and these have necessitated the APC as the ruling party responsible for the protection of our budding democracy to clarify on the legal import of the action of this group as well as confirm to our teeming supporters across the country that this situation is well within our control and assure all that the rule of law must take its natural course in this matter.”
According to Ogala, “Some of the immediate consequences of the action of Mr. Galadima is that he and his gang (unless those who have disassociated themselves from his Press Release) have committed several criminal infractions as well as given rise to civil injury against the APC which include; Impersonation.
“To the extent that Mr. Galadima continues to perpetuate a falsehood knowing such falsehood of him forming a Political Party overnight and being Chairman either of same party or APC indeed to be untrue, yet persists for the purpose of gaining either pecuniary or other benefits, he is guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation.
“Without a doubt, the declaration of Mr. Galadima if left unchecked is capable of leading to the public nuisance and a breach of peace across the country.
Our loyal members are already agitated by the incendiary action of this group which runs counter to the beliefs, principles and creed of the APC,” he said.