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Gowon Estate CDA Sues Lagos Council Over June 6 Election

The Gowon North Community Development Association (CDA) in Mosan-Okunola Local Council Development Area of Lagos State has FILED a suit against the council to stop it from conducting election into the association’s executive committee.

Newsmen have reported that the suit was filed on behalf of the community by their counsel, Ogidiagba Muobosa, at an Ikeja High Court.

No date has been fixed for hearing.

Joined in the suit are the council’s Executive Secretary, Head of Agriculture Department and the State Commissioner for Rural Development.

The claimants are praying the court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants and their agents from conducting or supervising any election into the CDA’s executive committee scheduled for June 6.

They want the status quo to be maintained pending the hearing and determination of the suit.

In a 40-paragraph affidavit deposed to by Dauda Oyebanji, the CDA’s Public Relations Officer, the claimants insisted that the CDA was a creation of the Lagos State Community Development Law 2008.

Oyebanji averred that claimants had embarked on various self-help projects which included rehabilitation and maintaining of access roads within Gowon Estate in Egbeda.

According to him, the only body empowered to conduct elections into the CDA is the Community Development Council.

He said election into the executive committee was a biennial event (once in two years), adding that the tenure of the last executive expired in 2013.

Oyebanji said there was no election into the offices because it was found out that most of the executive members were not eligible to run for elective positions, but only the current chairman was eligible.

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