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ANN BoT chair seeks court’s intervention over leadership crisis

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ANN BoT chair seeks court’s intervention over leadership crisis

 

Chairman of Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Mr Adekoya Adebola Ademola has approached a Federal High Court, Abuja over an alleged plan to remove him from office without recourse to the party’s constitution.
Ademola in a suit initiated before the court, is accusing the party’s interim chairman, Dr. Jay Osi Samuels of orchestrating his removal contrary to Section 17 (6) of ANN’s constitution.
Sued are ANN, Samuels and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In the suit, Ademola is asking to determine whether Samuels has powers as contained under Section 17 (6) of the party’s constitution to remove him as the party’s BoT Chair and replace him from the party he founded without recourse to the constitution.
Specifically, he asked the court to determine whether Samuels and the party he founded had the powers to remove him from the BoT Chair as contained in the party’s constitution.
In a written address-in-support of originating summons before the court, Ademola is seeking the following questions for determination among others;
• Whether the 2nd defendant (Samuels)being an interim National Chairman of the 1st defendant (ANN) has the powers under the constitution of the 1st defendant to summon and preside over a meeting of Board of Trustees of the 1st defendant pursuant to Section 17 (6) of the 1st defendant’s constitution.
• Whether the 1st and 2nd defendants can remove the plaintiff as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the 1st defendant in a meeting other than a national convention of the 1st defendant pursuant to Section 17 (5) (a) of the 1st defendant constitution.
• Whether the plaintiff was right in holding on with the instruments of the registration of the 1st defendant with the 3rd defendant pursuant to Section 17(4)(e) of the constitution of the 1st defendant being the interim chairman of Board of Trustees and the founder and convener.
• Whether the defendants can remove the plaintiff as the chairman of the Boad of Trustees of the 1st defendant in a meeting other than a convention of the 1st defendant pursuant to Section 17 (5)(a) of the constitution of the 1st defendant.
However, Ademola is seeking the following reliefs among others.
They are a declaration that the 2nd defendant (Samuels) not being the chairman of Board of Trustees of the 1st defendant was an incompetent person to summon a meeting of the Board of Trustees of ANN as contained in Section 17(6) of its constitution.
Besides, he asked the court to declare that Samuels was not empowered to exercise powers of national convention and his “purported offering of the 1st defendant to Nigerian Intervention Movement (NIM) illegal pursuant to Section 18 of the constitution of the 1st defendant.”
Ademola said: “A declaration that the properties of the 1st defendant are vested in the Board of Trustees of the 1st defendant pursuant to Section 17(4)(e) of the constitution of the 1st defendant.”
No date has been fixed for hearing.

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