Leadership Tussle: Court sacks executives of NNPC Cooperative Society

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The management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Workers Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Abuja on Wednesday vowed to challenge in the Court of Appeal, the judgment of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court which invalidated the election of officers of the society.

It was reported that a group of retired NNPC Staff led by Agada Michael Agbo and Egahson Shehu Salifu had dragged the Cooperative officers before the FCT Excessive Court challenging the last year’s election that produced them.

The plaintiffs claimed that section 20 of the Bye-Law of the Cooperative society was violated by adopting an online voting system as against the balloting or electronic voting stipulated by the legislation.

Plaintiff additional challenged the election on the grounds that a Registrar who didn’t supervise the election carried out the inauguration of the elected officials opposite to the provisions of the regulation.

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Delivering Judgement, Justice Agbaza on Wednesday nullified the election of the Cooperative officers elected in June last year on the grounds that the constitution of the cooperative society was not adopted.

Agbaza agreed that section 20 of the Bye-Law of the Cooperative society was circumvented by adopting the online system as against the Balloting required by regulation.

The judge, therefore, nullified the election and ordered that an Electoral Committee be put in place to conduct a fresh election within ninety days. The court additionally declined to grant the N100 million compensatory damages demanded by the plaintiffs while instituting the court action.

However, Counsel to the management of the Society, Mr. Ibrahim Idris told Judiciary reporters at the High Court that the veracity of the judgment delivered by Justice Charles Agbaza will be tested at the Appellate Court.

The judge, therefore, nullified the election and ordered that an Electoral Committee be put in place to conduct a fresh election within ninety days.

The court additionally declined to grant the N100 million compensatory damages demanded by the plaintiffs while instituting the court action.

However, Counsel to the management of the Society, Mr. Ibrahim Idris told Judiciary reporters at the High Court that the veracity of the judgment delivered by Justice Charles Agbaza will be tested at the Appellate Court.

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