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Court nullifies election of Oye-led APGA executive

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The national convention of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) which witnessed the re-election of Mr. Victor Oye on May 31 as national chairman of the party has been nullified by a Delta State High Court, sitting at Kwale in Ndokwa West Local Government Area of the state.

The trio of Ogonetus Okpanetus, Tayo Suowemi and Mic Adams, (plaintiffs) had sought the nullification of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party held on May 14, 2019 at Awka, Anambra State, where decisions, including the May 31, 2019 national convention were made.

APGA is joined in the suit number HCK/40/2019 as the first defendant, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is the second defendant.

Justice Vincent Ofesi, who presided over the court in his ruling granted the prayers of the plaintiffs, following the failure of the respondents to put up a defence.

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The court further declared the May 14, 2019 NEC meeting as illegal, and also nullified all subsequent actions as a result of the said meeting.

“This court hereby declares as null and void any purported meeting decision therefrom of the first defendant, its organs, leaders, principal officers, servants, agents and privies however designated, held or purportedly held on May 14, 2019 at the Governor’s Lodge, Awka.

“Order of this court is made directing the first defendant, its national leaders, principal officers, organs to strictly comply with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended and her registered constitution (exhibit A) in the conduct of its affairs.

“It is further ordered that INEC shall not recognise or act on any decision or action of the first defendant in respect of her purported emergency meeting of the NEC held on May 14, 2019 at Governor’s Lodge, Awka,” the court held.

 

 

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