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PDP: Adedoja tells court to nullify convention
Efforts by the Peoples Democratic Party to reconcile aggrieved members over the outcome of the recent National Convention of the party appears to have yielded little results.
This is as a result of a petition by one of the National Chairmanship candidates at the convention, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja to a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Naija News recalls that the former Minister of Youths and Sports requested that the court declares the result of the convention null and void as the convention committee used “Taoheed Oladoja” insteade of Taoheed Adedoja.
Through his lawyer, Mr. Rickey Taffa, Adedoja stated that he was ruled out of the chairmanship race.
In the suit, marked FHC/ ABJ/CS/ 1225 /2017 filed on his behalf at an Abuja Federal High Court by Messrs Rickey Tarfa & Co., the aspirant is requesting “the court to declare the election of the national chairman of the PDP held at the Eagle Square in Abuja on December 9, 2017, null and void.
“Pray the court to declare as null and void any document submitted by the PDP or by the purported occupier of the position to the national chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“Pray the court to order the conduct of another elective national convention for the election of the national chairman within 30 days of nullification of the elective national convention held on December 9, 2017.
“Restrain INEC from recognising Uche Secondus as the national chairman of the PDP on the grounds that the election where Uche Secondus was declared national chairman of the PDP, where I was unlawfully excluded from the list of the contestants for the position of national chairman of PDP, is a flagrant violation of the Electoral Act, the constitution of the PDP, the guidelines for the conduct of the PDP National Convention and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The defendants in the case include the Chairman and the Secretary of the PDP National Convention Planning Committee, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and Dr. Ibrahim Umar respectively as well as the PDP and INEC.
Adedoja noted that he called the attention of Okowa to the error in his name, which according to him, the governor assured him would be rectified.
He insisted that it was wrong to say he scored zero points after the convention, since his name was not actually on the ballot papers, and such assertions expose him to ridicule.
Adedoja said, “I have suffered psychological trauma as a result of the public ridicule the election result has caused me, my family members, friends and associates.
“My lawyers are demanding appropriate compensation for damages, ridicule, embarrassment and the disrepute brought to my name as a result of the wilful exclusion of my name from participating in the election, resulting in the zero score credited to my name which is now in the public domain.”
It was gathered that no time had been fixed for the hearing of the case.