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Member sues church over election constitution

Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh

A member of the Anglican Church has filed a legal suit against the registered Trustees of the Church at the Federal High Court in Abuja over the alleged amendment of some aspects of the church’s constitution pertaining to elections.

Others joined as defendants in the suit are the Archbishop of the Church, Rev. Nicholas Okoh, the Dean of the Church, Rev. Buba Lamido, the chancellor, Henry Ajumogobia and the registrar Mr. Abraham Yisa. 

The defendants were dragged before the court by Ugo Obi-Okoye, who sued them as a communicant member and on behalf of the Laity of the church.
According to the plaintiff’s statement of claims, the Church has its own compendium of rules and regulations to guild its affairs including elections.
But he maintained that some aspects of the electoral provisions were surreptitiously inserted as paragraph 3(2) of Canon III. 

Mr. Obi-Okoye, therefore, prayed the court for a  perpetual injunction restraining all the defendants their subordinates and all their agents from enforcing the provisions of the contentious provisions of the church’s constitution.

The election of a new primate to take the place of most reverend Nicholas Okoh who has reached the mandatory age of retirement is scheduled for later this year.

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