Ekiti Accord Exco Takes National Executives to Court Over Suspension

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The Ekiti State executive council of Accord led by Chief Samuel ABIOLA Odeoba has filled a suit at the Federal High Court in Ado EKITI challenging the illegal suspension of the state executive by the National Executive of the party, Accord.

According to a press statement signed by  Deacon  Joseph Lanre Anifowose , State publicity secretary, Joined as co Claimants is AKOGUN BANJI Ojo while Hon Nalado Muhammed, Surv. Abiodun Aluko, INEC and seven others were listed as co defendants.

Filling the suit on tuesday at the Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti on behalf of the state Executive, a Legal Practitioner Barrister Olowolafe Olawumi Esq in a suit marked FHC/AD/17/2018 applied for (1) an order quashing and setting aside the purported suspension letter issued by the first Defendant Alhaji Nalado Muhammed, The National Chairman (2) an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the second defendant SURV. ABIODUN Aluko from parading himself as the candidate of Accord in the forthcoming July 14 governorship election (3) an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the 3rd defendant, INEC from recognizing the 4th to 10th defendants as State Executive of Accord, Ekiti. (4) an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the 4th to 10th defendants from parading themselves as the state Executive of Accord. (5) a declaration that the state executive under the chairmanship of Chief Samuel ABIOLA Odeoba, the first claimants is the only authentic and recognized Executive of Accord in the state.

Meanwhile, in a 12 point affidavit sworn in support of the above motion, the following revelations were made among others: (a)that the tenure of 1st defenfant Alhaji Nalado Muhammed, National Chairman has expired according to the notice of INEC because he has spent more than 8 years contrary to Article 19 of the Party constitution on terms of offices. (b) that the suspension was done in violation of the party constitution laid down procedures in Article 20 a & b. (c) that the 4th to 10th defendants does not have the constitutional right to be appointed into any party executive positions as spelt out in Articles 11 (b) and 13 (iii) of the party constitution. (d) that the 2nd defendant, SURV. ABIODUN Aluko did not satisfy both Articles 11(b) and 13 (iii) of the party’s Constitution and was not known to have been given a waiver. (e) that the 1st defendant, Alhaji Nalado Muhammed occupant of the office as our National Chairmanis a product of Illegality on the following grounds (1) that the January 2018 informal and unconstitutional arrangement made for hisTHIRD term in office as National Chairman of our party is against the Party constitution (2) that the terms of offices of all delegates except one that elected him and the General Secretary in the January 2018 so called Congress had expired as at then. (3) that any official function(s) performed thereafter are illegal and unconstitutional hence Null, Void and of No effects. (4) that article 2 of the Party Constitution clearly States that the provisions of the party constitution is SUPREME than any arrangements. However, no date has been fixed for hearing.

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