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ANN BoT chair seeks court intervention over leadership crisis

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By Onozure Dania
Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT, of Alliance for New Nigeria, ANN, Mr Adekoya Ademola, has approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja over an alleged plan to remove him from office without recourse to the party’s constitution.

Ademola in the suit, is accusing the party’s interim chairman, Dr. Jay Samuels, of orchestrating his removal contrary to Section 17 (6) of ANN’s constitution.
Defendants in the suit are ANN, Samuels and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Ademola, in the suit, is asking the court to determine whether Samuels has powers, as contained under Section 17 (6) of the party’s constitution, to remove him as the party’s BoT Chair and replace him from the party he founded, without recourse to the constitution.

He wants the court to determine whether Samuels and the party he founded had the powers to remove him from the BoT Chair as contained in the party’s constitution.

In a written address in support of originating summons before the court, Ademola is seeking the following questions for determination among others;
*Whether the 2nd defendant (Samuels)being an interim National Chairman of the 1st defendant (ANN) has the powers under the constitution of the 1st defendant to summon and preside over a meeting of Board of Trustees of the 1st defendant pursuant to Section 17 (6) of the 1st defendant’s constitution.

* Whether the 1st and 2nd defendants can remove the plaintiff as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the 1st defendant in a meeting other than a national convention of the 1st defendant pursuant to Section 17 (5) (a) of the 1st defendant constitution.

Whether the plaintiff was right in holding on with the instruments of the registration of the 1st defendant with the 3rd defendant pursuant to Section 17(4)(e) of the constitution of the 1st defendant being the interim chairman of Board of Trustees and the founder and convener.
* Whether the defendants can remove the plaintiff as the chairman of the Boad of Trustees of the 1stdefendant in a meeting other than a convention of the 1st defendant pursuant to Section 17 (5)(a) of the constitution of the 1st defendant.

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