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Ardo moves to topple Adamawa PDP leadership as court fixes hearing 26 Nov

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A federal high court Yola presided by justice Abdulazeez Anka has fixed 26 November, 2020 for mention in a suit filed by a former gubernatorial candidate of PDP in the state, Dr. Umar Ardo praying the court to dissolve the A.T Shehu led state exco as well as those in the local governments and ward levels.

Dr. Ardo and two others have filed an originating summons seeking for an order of the court dissolving the State Executive Committee led by Barrister A. T. Shehu, Local Government and Ward Executive Committees respectively, and the order directing the party to conduct fresh congresses.

The plaintiffs in a suit number FHC/YL/ CS/11/2020, filed on 14th October, 2020, joined PDP, Barr. A. T. Shehu, Ahmed Bazwei, Hamza Bello Madagali, Altine Daniel, Sabo Bamanga, Bala Buba Jada, Adamu Waziri Paka, Audu Ngete, Ayuba Teri, Shuaibu Audu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as 1st to 12th defendants.

Dr. Ardo and others alleged that the procedure by which A. T. Shehu to 11defendants transmuted from being members of the Caretaker Committee to become members of the state Exco of the party contravenes the principles of equity and fairness, and breaches PDP constitution which renders the procedure to be repugnant of natural justice.

The Plaintiffs have asked Justice Abdulazeez Anka led Federal High Court to declare that by the virtue of having held and /or still hold dual offices as stipulated in section 48 of the PDP constitution, created vacancies in all Ward and 21 LG Executive Committees to carry out the functions in Article 15 (2) and 16 (2) of PDP constitution.

In the originating summons, the trio have further prayed the Court to dissolve all the Exco at the State, LG and Ward levels, and direct the party to conduct fresh congresses within 30 days of the judgement to elect new Exco in accordance with the constitution of the party so as to function democratically and effectively.

Furthermore, they asked the court to order the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to monitor the congresses and ensure compliance with the constitution of the party.