An aggrieved chairmanship aspirant in the recently-concluded Peoples Democratic party (PDP) Elective National Convention, Taoheed Adedoja, has asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to annul the election and order a fresh one.
Adedoja, a former Minister for Sports in the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, also said that he was disrespected and ignored by the post-convention peace panel led by Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson.
Briefing journalists in Abuja on Monday, Adedoja said his name was mis-spelt on the ballot paper, pointing out that the organisers of the convention spelt his name as ‘Taoheed Oladoja’ instead of ‘Taoheed Adedoja’.
Adedoja said: “I went to the convention for the position of national chairman of the party, I paid the necessary nomination fee, obtained and returned the national chairmanship nomination form; I was invited for screening and subsequently screened with a clearance certificate issued to me.
“Surprisingly, on the election day, my name was deliberately excluded from the list of national chairmanship contestants posted on the ballot boxes/cubicles”.
The aggrieved aspirant said the exclusion of his name was in breach of the Electoral Act and the constitution.
Announcing that his lawyers had already filed a suit on Monday in court, Adedoja asked the court to also declare as null and void any document submitted by the PDP to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He also asked the court to restrain INEC from recognising Uche Secondus as national chairman of the party.
On the alleged disrespect by the peace panel, Adedoja stated: “The committee secretary, Ibrahim Tahir, called me on phone last Thursday that the committee was on its way to Ibadan and would want to meet with me.
“I told them that I would not be available until Sunday. They never got in touch with me since then”.