By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA – Former Minister of Sports and chairmanship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the December 2017 elective convention of the party, Professor Taoheed Adedoja has urged Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the federal high court sitting in Abuja to dismiss the objection filed by the PDP chairman, Uche Secondus, the party and the governor of Delta state, Ifeanyi Okowa, against a suit seeking to nullify the December 9 convention.
Professor Adedoja had approached the court, seeking to upturn the convention of the party which produced Secondus and other members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) on the ground that his name was not on the ballot, thus making it impossible for the delegates to vote for him.
But Secondus and other had asked the court to decline jurisdiction in the case; forcing Adedoja to file a counter motion asking the court to dismiss the objections of the defendants, insisting that as a bonafide member of the party, he has the legal right to institute the action..
The case has been fixed for April 19 for hearing of his motion.
Adedoja in an interview explained that “All the defendants/respondents in this case including Prince Uche Secondus, The PDP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had long been served with the originating processes in the earlier suit.
“The abridgment of time sought by Rickey Tarfa (his counsel) is to enable the case to be heard by the Federal High Court expeditiously as the aim of the suit bothers wholly on the right of Adedoja to participate in the said convention coupled with the need to urgently determine the right of the parties in the suit, to enable INEC deal with the valid and authentic national chairman of PDP with respect to the scheduled conduct of any primary election or any activity of the party requiring any correspondence with INEC.”
Adedoja is angry at the zero (0) score credited to him as a national chairmanship candidate at the convention, insisting the outcome left him utterly embarrassed nationally and internationally. According to him, the announcement of the result has left him, family members, friends and political associates shattered with a “Psychological trauma,” urging the court to swing into action to “rectify the injustice.”