By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA—Less than a week after the defection of foundation members of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, including Professors Tunde Adeniran and Jerry Gana to Social Democratic Party, SDP; another chieftain of the party, Professor Taoheed Adedoja has approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, seeking an accelerated hearing of the suit he filed against the election of Prince Uche Secondus as the national chairman of the party.
Lawyers to Adedoja, one of the aggrieved PDP national chairmanship aspirants at the December 9, 2017 convention the party, Messrs Rickey Tarfa & co, yesterday, approached the court to request an accelerated hearing to an earlier suit filed on December 18, 2017 on behalf of its client, Prof. Adedoja whose name was “unlawfully excluded from participating in the December 9 national chairmanship election of the PDP.”
According to Adedoja in a chat with Vanguard, yesterday, “all the defendants/respondents in this case, including Prince Uche Secondus, PDP and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had long been served with the originating processes in the earlier suit.
“The abridgement of time sought by Rickey Tarfa 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.”