An Igbosere High Court on Thursday fixed Sept. 6 for hearing of an application filed by nine aggrieved People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members seeking to nullify the party’s 2017 congresses.
The plaintiffs are – Ishola Shodiya, Ismaila Abiola, Kehinde AdelaAluminani, Kazeem Adeyemi, Awoyemi Abayomi, Adegboyega Adegbesan, Olalekan Bello,
Florence Akojenu and Wasiu Aderounmu.
Joined as respondents in the suit were Uche Secondus, PDP National Chairman, Dr Eddy Olafeso, South-West Zone, National Vice Chairman, Mr Moshood Salvador, and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The plaintiffs in their originating motion are asking the court’s declaration that the Oct. 21, 2017 local government congresses in Lagos State did not conform with the party’s constitution.
In the motion filed through their counsel, Mr O. J. Osinowo, the plaintiffs asked the court to declare that Moshood Salvador and other executive members were not validly elected at the congress.
They are further prayed the court to declare that the said executive members should not parade or present themselves as members of the party’s Executive Committee in Lagos State.
They also asked the court to make an order of perpetual injunction restraining the national body of the party and its national chairman from dealing with and recognising Salvador-led executive.
The plaintiffs asked the court for an order to compel the PDP to conduct local government congresses for elections of members into various offices as contained in the party’s constitution.
They also sought an order of the court directing INEC to monitor the congresses in all local government and state level in Lagos, within 10 days from the date in which the order would be made.
The respondents, in their preliminary objection filed by their counsel, Mr Spurgeon Ataene, asked the court to strike out the suit for being incurably defective.
They said that the claimants failed to comply with the condition precedent in filing such processes, adding that Order 7 rules 2 and 3 of the High Court of Lagos State Civil Procedure Rule, 2004 was not complied with.
The respondents also said that the originating summon and other accompanying processes were not endorsed for service in line with the provisions of Section 97 of the Sheriff and Civil Process Act Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004.
Justice Idowu Alakija adjourned hearing of the case until Sept. 6.