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PPP leadership division: Papa Njie’s lawyer asked court to strike out the case

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Lamin Mboge, the lawyer defending Papa Njie, has asked the Banjul Magistrate Court to throw out the case brought against the leader of the Peoples’ Progressive Party by some senior members of the party.

A faction of the leadership of the People’s Progressive Party has initiated a court action seeking to nullify the election of Papa Njie as the Secretary General of the party.

The PPP held a congress in December last year to elect a new leader. Papa Njie who contested for the leadership position of the party defeated former vice president Bakary Bunja Darboe.

However, supporters of Darboe claimed the congress was marred with irregularities. They also said Papa Njie is ineligible to hold their Secretary General position because he is not a member of their party.

The PPP trio, Alhaji Yaya Ceesay, Dodou Taal and Papa Faal, are seeking the court to declare that Papa was not properly elected. They also want the court to declare that the National President Alhagi Lamin Nanko was also not properly appointed.

The three political leaders have also filed an injunction seeking to restrain Papa from acting as Secretary General of the party.

The three political leaders are also asking the court to nullify the December election of Papa and the appointment of their National President Nanko.

However, the defense lawyers of Papa and Nanko have argued that the suit lacks merit since the people who brought do not have the right to bring the case.

Meanwhile, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, Ida Drammeh, has made another application before the court seeking to include PPP as a party to the suit.

However, Mboge said before the PPP should not be a party to the suit and people who brought the suit are not the competent authority to do so.

He said the plaintiffs, even by their party’s constitution, are not empowered to bring the suit.  The case is adjourned to July 8 for the court to rule on the eligibility of the PPP trio to bring the case and the suitability of including PPP as a party to the suit.

 

 

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