Court dismisses case challenging Lagos PDP chairman’s emergence
Justice C.J Aneke of Federal High Court, Lagos, has dismissed the case brought before it by the aggrieved members of Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), led by Dr. Fawole Amos Alabi, challenging the outcome of the party’s congress, which produced Phillip Aivoji as the chairman.
Those joined in the suit are the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), PDP, Mr. Aivoji and others.
Fawole, who also contested for the position of the chairman of the party in the state congress held February 27 and 28, 2022 stated, in his prayers before the court, that the result of the congress supervised by Bayelsa State governor, Douye Diri,t should be rejected.
His prayers were, however, dismissed for lack of verifiable evidence.
The suit with 11 plaintiffs is marked FHC/L/CS/654/2022.
It had sought the invalidation of the congress on constitutional grounds, citing a particular aspirant’s eligibility issue and other 12 questions of law, accompanied with 20 reliefs.
After listening to the parties and the preliminary objections filed by the 40 defendants, Justice Aneke, however, dismissed the case.
He did so on the grounds that facts deposed to in the affidavit of the plaintiffs in support of their Originating Summons are “violently in conflict with the facts deposed to in the counter affidavit.
“The result is that the plaintiffs failed to prove any of the allegations made in this case. All the questions framed by the plaintiffs are resolved against them. Accordingly, all the reliefs also fail.
“The plaintiffs’ suit is hereby dismissed in its entirety. N500, 000 cost is awarded in favour of the 2nd – 40th defendants,” the judge held.