*Says loss temporary setback
Onyekachi Eze, Abuja
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said the rejection of its suit by the court, against the Corporate Affairs Commission and the Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment on the controversial Companies Allied Matters Act (CAMA), 2020, was a temporary setback.
Justice Inyang Ekwo had dismissed the suit on the ground that the association failed to comply with the law in the name used in filing the originating summons.
But CAN in a statement by the General Secretary Joseph Bade Daramola, said its lawyers are preparing to institute a fresh suit using the proper name as contained on the Certificate of Incorporation, instead of going on appeal, “because it would further delay the case.
“What happened in the court was just a temporary set back and by the grace of God, we have overcome it.
“Our prayers are for the unborn generations and nothing will discourage us from pursuing this case to the logical conclusion.”
The apex Christian body wondered why the court rejected its application for amendment of originating summons, or the use of “incorporated” as against “the Registered Trustees of Christian Association of Nigeria” contained on the certificate of incorporation, since “the new Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 states clearly under section 825(a) that registration of all associations must contain the words “incorporated trustees of…
“This should have sustained our action before the court because the use of ‘registered trustees’ is now being discarded. Our amendment ought to have been allowed.”