A member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, South-West, Chief Pegba Otemolu, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to nullify the elections of the party’s National Treasurer and the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party.
While Aribisala Adewale emerged as the National Treasurer, Diran Odeyemi won the Deputy National Publicity Secretary at the December 9, 2017 convention.
In his suit marked FHC/ ABJ/CS/ 1284 /2017 and filed on December 23, 2017, Otemolu prayed the court to substitute Adewale with Chief Folorunsho Babalola as the National Treasurer and Bamidele Salam as the Deputy National Publicity Secretary.
The PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission, Adewale and Odeyemi were joined as the defendants by the plaintiff.
In his contention, the nomination and the subsequent emergence of Adewale and Odeyemi as national officers of the party violated an earlier judgment of the court delivered on June 24, 2016.
Otemolu also contended that he remained the PDP’s zonal secretary in the South-West having been elected for a tenure of four years alongside other members of the party’s executive committee in the zone at a congress held on October 11, 2017.
He insisted that failure of the party to recognise his executive committee’s list of delegates for the party’s December 9, 2017 national congress had rendered the elections of Adewale and Odeyemi “purportedly” nominated by the South-West zone of the party a nullity.
A supporting affidavit filed alongside the suit was deposed to by Egodo Elvis, a litigation officer in the law firm of the plaintiff’s lawyer, Rickey Tarfa, SAN.
He stated, “That by the terms of the judgment dated June 24, 2016 of this honourable court, the plaintiff’s South-West Executive Committee of the 1 st defendant (PDP ) are the valid and authentic executive committee until their tenure expires; as such, they are the Executive Committee to be accepted and recognised for any purpose on issues relating to the South- West Executive Committee of the 1 st defendant including the convening of the national convention of the 1 st defendant.
“The 1 st defendant proceeded with its national convention on December 9 , 2017 at the Eagle’s Square as scheduled, however, it failed and refused to accept, accord or recognise the delegates of the plaintiff’s South – West Executive Committee of the 1 st defendant as forwarded by the plaintiff’s executive committee to the 1 st defendant.
“That the nomination of the 3 rd and 4 th defendants, Hon. Aribisala Adewale and Hon. Diran Odeyemi respectively as the nominees of the South-West Zone of the 1 st defendant (PDP) for the position of the National Treasurer and the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the 1 st defendant by the parallel executive committee of the 1 st defendant in the South – West ought to be nullified.”
He is seeking among others, “An order nullifying the conduct of the convention of the 1 st defendant at Eagle’s Square, Abuja , on December 9, 2017, as relates to the officers of the National Treasurer and Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the 1 st defendant.
“An order directing the 1 st defendant to immediately replace Hon . Aribisala Adewale, the 3 rd defendant and Hon . Diran Odeyemi , the 4 th defendant with Chief Folorunsho Babalola and Bamidele Salam respectively as the Treasurer and Deputy National Secretary of the 1 st defendant.”
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.
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