22nd December, 2010
An Abuja High Court has been called upon to dissolve the National Executive Committee of the ruling Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party PDP on the ground that the emergence of members of the present executive committee was in violation of the partyâ€™s constitution.
The suit which was filed on Wednesday by a member of the party, Mr. Cyriacus Njoku through his counsel, Mr. Osuagwu Ugochukwu is seeking for an order of the court to set aside all decisions and resolutions taken and passed by the National Executive Committee of the party since March 8, 2008 in violation
of Section 223(1)(a) 1999 Constitution of Nigeria.
The aggrieved party man is also seeking an order of the court setting aside the 45th to 55th meetings of the National Executive Committee of the party held from March 8, 2008 till date in violation of Section 223(1)(a) 1999 Constitution of Nigeria.
The plaintiff further wants the court to determine whether Article 12.71(b), (c) (d), (e), (f), (g), (r) and (u) of the constitution of the party upon which the members of the present National Executive Committee of the party is constituted is legal and binding having regard to Section 223(1)(a) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.
The latest act by Mr. Cyriacus Njoku is the second after his suit seeking to stop President Goodluck Jonathan from emerging as the Presidential candidate of the party for the 2011 elections suffered a fatal turn following the dismissal of the suit by Justice Hassan Lawal Gummi, the Chief Judge of the FCT High Court.
He hopes to set aside the decision of the National Executive Committee of the party which gave its nod to the candidacy of President Goodluck even as it retained the zoning principle of the party.
As at the time of filing this report, no judge has been assigned to hear the matter.
By Nnamdi Felix / Abuja