Court To Rule On SDP Leadership Tussle On March 22

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The Federal High Court, Abuja will on March 22, 2021 decide whether it has jurisdiction to entertain a suit seeking determination of the authentic leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

The Presiding Judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu announced the date for ruling on Tuesday shortly after taken submissions on the Notice of Preliminary objections filed by INEC and four other respondents.

Chief Supo Shonibare and 11 others in the suit seeks the recognition of the Olu Falae-led National Executive Committee (NEC) as the authentic leaders of the SDP as against the Professor Tunde Adeniran faction.

According to the plaintiffs in the suit marked FHA/A/ABJ/CS/1358/2019, they were elected at the party’s national convention on March 9, 2016 for a period of four years, but were displaced some time in 2018 by the Adeniran faction on claims that they were appointed at the party’s 2018 national convention.

Shonibare, who claimed to be the Acting National Chairman of the party, following the resignation of the National Chairman, Chief Olu Falae, in 2019, insisted that there was no election of party officials in 2018, saying only the court can resolve the leadership issue.

Respondents in the suit include: Professor Adeniran, Shehu Gaban, Emeka Atuma, Prof. Rufai Alkali, Marian Tolopari, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, Senator Ebenezer Ikeyina, Senator Erin Henshaw, David Umah, Stanley Nnanka, Joseph Achile, and INEC, who are 1 to 12 defendants respectively.

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