The National Chairman of National Action Council and its former presidential candidate, Dr Olapade Agoro has instituted a suit before a federal high court in Abuja, compelling the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to de-register three political parties- the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, All Progressives Congress, APC and Social Democratic Party, SDP over alleged corruption conducts.
In a suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/782/18, between Dr Olapade Agoro (Aladura National Chairman/Former Presidential Candidate, National Action Council, NAC} as plaintiff and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, All Progressives Congress, APC and Social Democratic Party, SDP as defendants/respondents.
Agoro in the suit seeks a fundamental rights enforcement procedure rules, 2009 and claimed to have had his rights abused by the defendant; and acting on his own interest, in the interest of the general public, and particularly for defence and protection of democratic values; and pursuant to: provision of section 15, sub section 5 of Amended Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria that states thus: “The State shall abolish all corrupt practices and abuse of power”, and Section 36-1 of the aforementioned Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria; and Africa Charter on Human Rights Articles 2, 10, 27 and as well the powers conferred upon Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC as clearly spelt out under its published ‘Key Actions 3.1 of INEC Strategic Programme of Action 2017.
The NAC Chairman states in the suit that with the confession of former Deputy Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Ibrahim Mantu now APC member that “he rigged election for PDP; the looters list currently being circulated by APC-led Federal Government and which list names contained former PDP members now in APC and also the confession of Chief Olu Falae that he collected One Hundred Million Naira from the Dasuki gate corruption scandal are all against the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Agoro wants the court to declare as illegal and unconstitutional the decision by the 1st Defendant, Independent National Electoral Commission to look the other way and or to continue looking the other way while the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants hold sway corruptively abusing the electoral process of Nigeria with funds from unknown and untraceable sources.
He also wants the court to declare as illegal, void and of no effect and of no effect for the1st Defendant/Respondent to allow the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants to be kept on its register of registered political parties to flagrantly abuse, corruptly pervert his entitlement to respect for the dignity of his person by being continuously and constantly abuse the electoral process and endemic corrupt malpractices and flagrant denial of access to have his party enjoy freedom in the electoral process of Nigeria.
The NAC Chairman further wants the court to declare as illegal, void and of no effect for the 1st defendant/respondent to allow the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants to corruptively flush into and to recklessly abuse the electoral process of Nigeria with funds with no traceable sources and without locatable sources which wrongful acts grossly abuse the plaintiff’s rights and those of his party National Action Council, NAC subjecting them to ridicule, public odium, embarrassment and future political disadvantages.
Agoro is also seeking the court to declare as illegal, void and of no effect for the 1st defendant to allow the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants to recklessly use funds with no traceable sources and without locatable sources to induce and corrupt particularly unsuspecting Independent National Electoral Commission officials to pervert the electoral process.