PDP Convention: Another PDP Chieftain Challenges Election Results In Court
Few days after an aggrieved chairmanship aspirant in the recently-concluded Peoples Democratic party (PDP) Elective National Convention, Taoheed Adedoja, asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to annul the election and order a fresh one, another chieftain of the party has approached the court for the same reason.
Pegba Otemolu, a chieftain of the party from the South-West has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to nullify the elections of the party’s National Treasurer and Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Aribisala Adewale and Diran Odeyemi, respectively, who emerged winners at the December 9, 2017 congress of the party.
Otemolu, in his suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1284/2017 and filed on December 23, 2017, asked the court to replace substitute Adewale with Folorunsho Babalola as the National Treasurer and Bamidele Salam as the Deputy National Publicity Secretary.
The plaintiff joined the PDP, the Independent National Electoral Commission, Adewale and Odeyemi as defendants.
He contended that 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.
He said 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 also contended that the authenticity of his South-West Zonal Executive Committee was sanctioned by a judgment of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court on June 24, 2016.
Therefore, he argued 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 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 honourble court, the plaintiff’s South West Executive Committee of the 1st 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 1st defendant including the convening of the National Convention of the 1st defendant."