Following her decision to host the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) summit in Abuja on Friday, May 15, as against June, which is the scheduled date, First lady, Patience Jonathan has been handed a law suit.
The plaintiffs, whose suit was submitted at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, prayed the court to restrain Patience, from holding the emergency meeting.
The plaintiffs also said the meeting organised by the incumbent first lady was intended to scuttle the chances of the first lady-elect, Aisha Buhari, from becoming the President of the mission.
Leadership newspaper listed the plaintiffs to include; Nana Module Onwodi, Ekemma Ugborough Arisa, Louisa Ono Eikhomun, Deborah Oboh, Juliet Mene, Juliet Pearce, Sonia Adolf and Kate Duru.
The court will be sitting today to hear the application to stop the meeting.
The case would have been heard yesterday (Wednesday) but was moved to today (Thursday) because the procedure for proof of service had not been completed.
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The plaintiffs were appearing on behalf of Concerned Women for Peace and Development.
The prosecutors informed that Patience has been President of the AFLPM after Turai Yar’Adua, stepped down due to the death of her husband, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
The plaintiffs argued that the tenure of office of President of the Mission is three years, which is expected to elapse in July 2015.
It was gathered that any attempt by Patience Jonathan to convene a peace meeting summit, would short-change the right of Mrs. Buhari, to participate and even contest for the office of the president in July 2015.
Aisha Buhari will be sworn in as first-lady on May 29 which is the handover date.
The plaintiffs argued that:
“the defendant/respondent’s intention to hold an election on May 2015 is inimical to the progress and development of the country” as “not only shall we be affected as individuals but the entire nation will be affected as our position in the committee of African nation’s will be relegated.”
Meanwhile, Patience Jonathan has revealed that her intention for hosting the African First Ladies’ Peace Mission is not to deny the First Lady-elect, Aisha Buhari, the chance to become the president of the mission, but rather to conduct elections to appoint a new president.