3 February 2021 By Victoria Abah
Management of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Staff Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Abuja has vowed to challenge in the Court of Appeal, the judgment of the FCT High Court which invalidated the election of officers of the society.
Counsel to the leadership of the Society, Mr Ibrahim Idris told Judiciary journalists at the High Court in Jabi, that the veracity of the judgment delivered by Justice Charles Agbaza would be tested at the Appellate Court.
He predicated the decision to go on appeal on the grounds that the trial court ought not to have dabbled into the internal affairs of the Cooperative Society.
The counsel maintained that decision of the Cooperative Society to elect officers was purely a domestic affair of the society and that 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 Michael Agbo and Egahson Shehu Salifu had dragged the Cooperative officers before the FCT High Court challenging the 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 law.
They further 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.
In his judgment Justice Agbaza agreed that section 20 of the Bye-Law of the Cooperative society was circumvented by adopting online system as against the Balloting required by law.
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 N100 million compensatory damages demanded by the plaintiffs while instituting the court action.