NNPC Cooperative leadership tussle heads for Appeal Court


Friday Olokor, Abuja

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Staff Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Abuja on Wednesday said it would challenge the judgment of the Federal Capital Territory High Court which invalidated the election of officers of the society at the Court of Appeal.

The lawyer to the leadership of the organisation, Ibrahim Idris, said the veracity of the judgment delivered by Justice Charles Agbaza would be tested at the Appeal Court.

The counsel after a brief meeting with the Cooperative Society leaders said the Notice of Appeal to challenge the High Court decision would be filed in the next 48 hours.

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Idris insisted that the issue of the Cooperative Society election to select management officers was purely the domestic affair of the members of the society and the court lacked requisite jurisdiction to have delved into the matter.

Justice Agbaza had 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 followed.

A group of retired NNPC Staff led by Agada Agbo and Egahson Salifu had dragged the Cooperative officers before the FCT High Court challenging the last year’s election that produced them.

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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 law.

They also challenged the election on the grounds that a Registrar who did not supervise the election performed the inauguration of the elected officials contrary to the provisions of the law.

Delivering his judgment, Justice Agbaza agreed that section 20 of the Bye-Law of the Cooperative society was circumvented by adopting an online voting system as against the balloting required by law.

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The judge, therefore, nullified the election and ordered that an Electoral Committee must be put in place to conduct a fresh election within 90 days.

The court, however, declined to grant the N100m compensatory damages demanded by the plaintiffs while instituting the court action.

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