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Court Refuses to Grant Odubu’s Request to Nullify Proceedings in NDDC Suit.

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has refused to grant an order sought by Pius Odubu, the Chairman-designate of the yet to be inaugurated Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

At the resumed hearing on Friday, the presiding Judge, Justice Ekwo considered two Motions on Notice filed by Pius Odubu and Benard Okumagba, the Managing Director-designate of the yet to be inaugurated Board of the NDDC.

Pius Odubu
Pius Odubu

The contentious prayer of the said application was for an order of the court to nullify the proceedings in Suit No. FHC/Abj/CS/1339/2019, which was not granted.

The suit has Enibraye Femowei as Plaintiff and the Attorney General of the Federation, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and the NDDC as Defendants.

The request by Pius Odubu and Okumagba to be joined as new Defendants in the suit was not opposed by counsel for the Plaintiff, Alexander Ejesieme SAN and was granted.

The court gave an order for an accelerated hearing of the case and adjourned the matter to 16th of December, 2019 for definite hearing and adoption of all processes in the suit.

The suit revolves around the interpretation of Sections 4 and 12 of the NDDC Act of 2000. By virtue of the alphabetical order in Section 4 of the NDDC Act, the office of Chairman of the Commission is meant to be occupied by an indigent of Delta State.

Pius Odubu is a former deputy Governor of Edo State. The NDDC currently has an Interim Management Committee (IMC), headed by the acting Managing Director of the Commission, Dr Joy Nunieh.

The IMC has a mandate from the President of superitending the affairs of the NDDC for a six months period while the forensic audit of the Commission’s affairs, since its inception is conducted.

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