Court Refrains Julian Cobbinah & His Team From Holding Themselves As NUGS Executives; Orders Chairpersons Of Judicial, Electoral And Steering Committees To Take Charge
An Accra High Court on 11th day of April 2017 presided over by Justice (Mrs) Naa Adoley Azu J has granted an interlocutory injection application brought before it by Mr. Luqman Abubakari to restrain Mr. Julian M. Cobbinah and some other nine (9) persons from holding themselves as National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) executives.
It would be recalled that last year, there were media reports on some divisions within NUGS over its presidency. Mr. Luqman Abubakari and nine (9) others claimed to be legitimately elected at a congress held at Ideal College in Accra. On the other hand, Mr. Julian M. Cobbinah and his team also claimed they were duly elected as NUGS executives to spearhead the activities of the Union for the 2016/2017 academic year at a congress held at Hohoe in the Volta Region.
The situation led to several clashes between the two factions.
This compelled Mr. Luqman Abubakari to file a case at the Accra high court seeking the court to make;
1. A declaration that the plaintiffs together with all other persons elected at the congress held on the campus of Ideal College, Madina, Accra are the true and proper officers-elect as officers of 1st plaintiff organization (In this case NUGS)
2. An order directing the 1st to 10th defendants (in this case Julian and his team) from holding themselves out as duly elected National Union of Ghana Students’ executives.
3. An order for perpetual injunction restraining the defendants (Julian and his team) from holding themselves out as national officers of the 1st Plaintiff organization (NUGS).
Though Lawyer for Mr. Julian Cobbinah and his team argued in court that the claims by the Mr. Luqman and others were frivolous and should be thrown out, the court said “the court here has been satisfied that the Plaintiffs-Applicants claim is not frivolous. THE APPLICATION AS PRAYED IS GRANTED. THE DEFENDANTS-RESPONDENTS(JULIAN AND HIS TEAM) HEREIN ARE RESTRAINED FROM HOLDING THEMSELVES AS OFFICERS OF THE UNION pending the final determination of the matters in dispute before the court.”
The court further directed that though the application for an interlocutory injunction on the Julian and his team is granted, “the Judicial Committee Chairman, assisted by the chairman of the electoral commission and the chairman of the steering committee are to steer the affairs of the company (NUGS) pending final determination of the matters in contention between the parties herein.”
Subsequently, the chairmen of the above named committees released a statement stating that taking over the activities of the Union. The statement signed by all three (3) chairmen of the committees above,- Mr. Maxwell Sakyi (Steering Committee) Mr. Kwakye Emmanuel (Judicial Board) and Mr. Peter K. Ataffoe (EC) – said “we believe that activities of the union cannot be brought to a halt because of the matter before the court and seeing the importance of the union to the students and the people of Ghana, we hereby take over the activities of the union starting with the planned ‘NUGS ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT’ scheduled to take place on the 28th of April and the ‘DONATE A BOOK PROJECT’ on 15th May.”
The case will be heard on the 5th day of May 2017 and a judgment given on the matter.