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PDP Nat’l Chair Dispute: Adedoja Discontinues Court Case

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Former minister and contestant for National chairmanship of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, has asked his lawyer to file a discontinuance on a legal action challenging the legitimacy of election which produce Prince Uche Secondus as National chairman at last December’s PDP national convention.

Adedoja said he has requested his lawyer, Rikey Taffa, SAN, to discontinue the case which was filed at the federal high court in Abuja, thereby putting an end to the uncertainty surrounding the legitimacy of Secondus’ chairmanship.

The former minister of sports and youths development, had, after the December 2017 national convention in Abuja, challenged the outcome of the election for national chairmanship in court on grounds that his name was omitted from the ballot box.

Adedoja at a press conference over the weekend said,  “due to the intervention of well-meaning top party leaders and major stakeholders, I have requested my lawyer, Messrs. Rikey Taffa and Co. to file the discontinuance of the case, also in the spirit of the month of Ramadan, a month of forgiveness, I have laid the matter to rest.”

While reaffirming his loyalty to PDP, the former minister said his decision to discontinue the court case has nothing to do with a demand for compensation but an act of forgiveness on his part as expected in this month of Ramadan.

He added, “I am not asking for any compensation what so ever from the party as only the Almighty can compensate any human being for his deeds and actions. The month of ramadan is a month of forgiveness which I have adhered to in this case.

“I remain a committed member of the party to ensure that the objectives of the founding fathers of our great party are achieved for the betterment of our country and for democracy to strive.”

It was gathered that some prominent leaders of the party, including serving and ex-governors, senators and former ministers, intervened in the matter which led to a political solution rather than a projected long legal crisis for a party that just came out of a 14 month legal leadership tussle.



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