Court adjourns suit to restrain PENGASSAN from holding delegates’ conference

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LAGOS – The in Lagos on Thursday fixed Oct. 8 to hear a against the Petroleum and Natural Gas Staff of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) alleged denial of ’ rights. The , which was earlier slated for hearing on June 5, was adjourned by the court due to its work load. Two plaintiffs; Messrs John Nwanosike and Jonathan Omare, of the Chevron branch of the had instituted the on 26 by an exparte motion. They are seeking an order to restrain the defendants holding any delegates’ , pending the hearing of the substantive before the court. Listed as defendants are — PENGASSAN, Chevron branch of the , Mr Frank Esanubi and Mr Ayanate Kio. The plaintiffs in affidavit averred they were duly elected as delegates to the , adding tenure was valid for a term of three years. They averred the defendants removed names as delegates before the expiration of their tenure and thereby denying them the right to vote and be voted for at the . According to the plaintiffs, the second and third defendants also set up a panel of inquiry to investigate them in a bid to prevent them exercising their voting rights.

They averred in spite of no evidence to support the allegation of them committing any offence, the panel declared them guilty.
The plaintiffs therefore sought a declaration that the removal of names as delegates to the zonal and conferences was unconstitutional.
They also sought an order to mandate the defendants to include names as delegates as well as to restrain them holding the conference until the illegality in the removal of names was addressed.
At the last adjourned date, Justice Okon Abang had ordered that the exparte motion of the plaintiffs be converted to a motion on notice and same served on the defendants. (NAN)