A federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi Lagos has declared the election conducted by the management of Lekki Residents Association (LERA) on the 27th of September 2020 a nullity.
LERA on the 27th of September elected Mr Yomi Idowu as their new chairman after the expiration of the tenor of Sir Kayode Otitoju
The presiding Judge, Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo, in setting aside the election, ordered a fresh election within 30 days from the day of judgement.
In her ruling, justice Oguntoyinbo described the suspension of the immediate past chairman of LERA Sir Kayode Otitoju as unfair as he was not given a fair hearing.
The Judge said she has gone through LERA’s constitution, but could not find where the BOT got the power to suspend any LERA member .
She also queried the reasons for suspending Sir Kayode Otitoju describing the allegation levelled against him as vague and puerile.
The court also dismissed the defendant’s claim that the court has no jurisdiction to hear the matter.
Reacting to the judgement, an elated sir Kayode Otitoju described the judgement as fair as the court remains the last hope of the common man.
According to Sir Otitoju, he said all he wants is justice and what he is fighting for is not for his personal gain but for the good of all the residents.
Ekocity Magazine called the chairman Mr Yomi Idowu for his reaction but he declined any comments saying he is awaiting full briefings from his lawyer.
However, the management of LERA reacted in their WhatsApp group with this message
The court has ruled against us in the suite with Otitoju. We are immediately filing an appeal”.
Please stay calm
LERA has been embroiled in a Leadership crisis Since May 2020 following the expiration of the tenor of sir Kayode Otitoju during the lockdown which means an election could not be conducted.
That later resulted in the suspension of Mr otitoju who has been accused of holding to power beyond his tenor and not wanting to hand over power
The Full Judgement will be published tomorrow.