AON election crisis: Court adjourns tussle till March 11

For the Record: On Thursday, October 8, 2020 , Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) leaders visited the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika in Abuja to discuss challenges facing their airline business in the country. Left-Right: President of AON/Chairman of AZMAN Air, Alhaji (Dr.) Abdulmunaf Yunusa Sarina, Minister of Aviation Hadi Sirika, Vice President of AON/CEO of Air Peace, Allen Onyema and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry during the meeting in Abuja

Nigerian Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned till Thursday, March 11, 2020, a suit filed by West Link Airlines LTD, Sky Power Express Airways Nigeria Limited and Tropical Attic Logistics LTD against Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) and nine others.

The plaintiffs are contesting the processes that led to the election and emergence of the new executives of the airline body on the 16th of September 2020.

They are also seeking an interlocutory injunction calling for the elections held to be declared null and void and restraining the current executives of the airline body from parading themselves as executives, trustees of the airline body.

At the resumed hearing of the suit filed at the Justice Ahmed Mohammed Federal High Court in Abuja with number FHC/ABJ/1336/2020 counsel to the defendant opposed the plaintiff Lawyer’s attempt to argue a motion for an interlocutory injunction on grounds the matter was listed for mention

Justice Ahmed after listening to the parties set the hearing for March 11, 2020.

Counsel to the Plaintiff Barrister Marcel Oru who spoke to reporters after the hearing stated:

“Failure to invite seventeen (17) others ( airlines) for the Annual General Meeting of the AON which is wrong and unconstitutional. Unfortunately, the court could not proceed because the matter was adjourned till today for mention but we have a motion for an interlocutory injunction to restrain the AON.

“Some members of AON were intentionally excluded from attending the AGM which resulted in their grievance that is why they are in court. It is unfortunate that the court cannot proceed today but we have a motion before the court restraining the executives from doing anything or acting on behalf of the AON until the matter is resolved.”

Recall that sometime in October some AON members filed an interlocutory injunction calling for the elections held to be declared null and void and restraining the current executives of the airline body from parading themselves as executives, trustees of the airline body.

The plaintiffs are seeking to set aside the purported Annual General Meeting of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) held on 16th September 2020 declaring it unconstitutional and fraught with manifold irregularities and should be declared null and void.

The motion of notice is also restraining the Incorporated Trustees of Airline Operators of Nigeria; Azman Air services Ltd, Air Peace Ltd, Max Air Ltd, Alhaji/ Dr. Abdulmunaf Yunusa, Chief Allen Onyema, Alhaji Shehu Wada from taking any or further action regarding the actualization of their elections as trustees.

The plaintiff also prayed for the restraining of the Honorable Minister of Aviation and the Federal Ministry of Aviation from recognizing and acknowledging the Incorporated Trustees of Airline Operators of Nigeria, Azman Air Services Ltd, Air Peace Ltd, Max Air Ltd, Alhaji/ Dr. Abdulmunaf Yunusa, Chief Allen Onyema, Alhaji Shehu Wada as trustees and officers of the AON pending the hearing and determination of the substantive case.

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