Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Adedoja Asks Court To Nullify Secondus’ Election

Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, one of the candidates that contested for the position of National Chairman at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention has approached a Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking the nullification of the election of Prince Uche Secondus.

Adedoja, a former Minister of Youth and Sports, was one of the four chairmanship aspirants who eventually stood for the election after five others withdrew from the race, but scored no vote at the election.

In suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1225/2017 filed on Adedoja’s behalf by Messers Rickey Tarfa & Co., Adedoja prayed the Court to declare the election of Secondus as National Chairman of PDP null and void.

He also asked the Court to declare as null and void any documents submitted by the leadership of the PDP to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recognising Secondus as the party’s national chairman.

Adedoja also asked the court for the cancellation of the National Chairmanship election held on Saturday December 09, 2017 at Eagle Square, Abuja, where Seconsus emerged as Chairman and prayed the court to order the conduct of another elective National Convention of the PDP for the election of national chairman within 30 days.

At a press conference in Abuja Monday, the aspirant said the declaration of a zero score credited to him by PDP had embarrassed and maligned him and brought great ridicule to his political career built over 14 years.

Adedoja declared that his name was unlawfully excluded from the ballot paper as one of the candidates vying for the position of Chairman insisting that excluding his name from the ballot paper was a flagrant violation of the Electoral Act, the constitution of the PDP, the guidelines for the conduct of PDP National Convention and the Constitution.

According to him, the organisers of the convention had substituted his name with ‘Prof Taoheed Oladoja’ on the ballot paper, whereas all his nomination documents submitted to the leadership of the PDP bore the name of Prof. Taoheed Adedoja.

“I have suffered psychological trauma as a result of the public ridicule the election result has caused me, my family members, friends and associates,” he told reporters.

“My lawyers are demanding for appropriate compensation for damages, ridicule, embarrassment and disrepute brought to my name as a result of my willful exclusion from participating in the election resulting in zero score credited to my name, which is now in public domain.”

Listed as defendants in the suit are Okowa, Secondus, INEC and the PDP. No date has been fixed for the hearing.