10th May, 2012
The crisis rocking the elitist club, Island Club of Lagos has deepened as a member, Tunde Oduwole, has dragged the club before a Federal High Court in Lagos urging it to restrain the club from allowing Prince Ademola Dada contest in the chairmanship election of the club scheduled for tomorrow.
Other defendants in the suit are: Prince Ademola Dada, Alhaji Akeem Gbolahan Awe, acting chairman; Oluwole Iyamu, acting Secretary; Olumuyiwa Aduroja, Chairman, Electoral Committee and Dayo Olomo, Secretary of the Electoral Committee.
This suit is coming on the heels of yesterday’s unanimous resolution of members of the club at the annual general meeting to suspend any member who goes to court to stop any member from contesting election or to stop the election from holding without exhausting the internal dispute resolution processes of the club. In an affidavit sworn to by Tunde Oduwole and filed before the court by Tayo Oyetibo, SAN, the deponent alleged that due to the impasse in the club, its general election originally scheduled for May 2010 could not hold but was subsequently postponed severally, the last one being 11 May, 2012.
He stated that he indicated his intention to contest for the chairmanship of the club and obtained form. He averred further that on 2 May, this year, the defendants published on the notice board of the club the list of persons to contest for the offices of the management committee of the club in the election. He averred that Ademola Dada’s name was listed as one of those approved to contest for the office of Chairman of the club. Oduwole contended that as a fact, sometime in 2007 Ademola Dada’s membership of the club was suspended by a letter dated February 2007.
He alleged that Ademola Dada was again suspended by a letter dated 6 June, 2007, adding that by Rule 28 of the club’s constitution, a member who has been suspended twice within a period of 10 years shall be deemed to have been expelled by the club. By this reason, he submitted, the defendants ought to know that Ademola Dada is no longer a member of Island Club and therefore not eligible to contest for the chairmanship or any post in the election slated for 11 May, this year. He urged the court to expel Ademola Dada from the club.
The matter is expected to be decided by the court tomorrow.