The All Progressives Congress (APC) has written all legal practitioners across Nigeria, against some of its members going against the party by trying to institute legal actions against the party leadership and its decisions.
This was disclosed in a letter signed by Senator John James Apkanudoedehe Ph.D, the National Secretary, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).
“The All Progressives Congress has noted with concerns the activities of certain persons who have taken upon themselves the authority to engage legal practitioners to institute and defend actions on behalf of the Party without due authorization.
“Some of these persons have on several occasions forged the signatures of some former National Officers of the Party, issued letters of instructions to unsuspecting lawyers and backdated same to give it the intended effect of being engaged by the party to either commence or defend certain matters in court.
“The All Progressives Congress Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee hereby states that lawyers should beware that letters of instructions to represent the All Progressives Congress are duly issued from the National Secretariat of the Party and not through any of the Party’s State Chapters,” the letter reads.
APC however, stated that lawyers need not to be told the obvious, “that it is trite, that litigants (the APC) are entitled to counsels of their choice who are properly briefed in that regard, hence they should beware of purported “letters of instruction” to represent the party where such letters are not duly issued from the appropriate authority and office which is the National Secretariat of the Party and upon the express instructions of the National Chairman.”
APC warned that any legal practitioner that receives, flaunts or act upon any paper purporting to be a letter of instruction from the State or Local Government Chapters of the Party without a concurrent authorisation does so at his own risk, and urged all branch chairmen of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to advise their members appropriately.