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Labour party drags INEC, IG to court over chairmanship tussle

Labour party drags INEC, IG to court over chairmanship tussle

- The Labour Party has sued INEC and the IG over current chairmanship tussle rocking the party

- The Abuja division of the Federal High Court was asked to restrain the commission from recognizing and dealing with one Alhaji Abdulkadir Salam as chairman of the party

- Justice Gabriel Kolawole, counsel to the plaintiffs, Festus Keyamo has filed for accelerated hearing of the suit

The Labour Party (LP) has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Inspector General of Police (IG) before the Abuja division of the Federal High Court over the current chairmanship tussle rocking the party.

In a motion on notice brought against the respondents, the party specifically wants the court to stop INEC and the police boss from recognising or dealing with one Alhaji Abdulkadir Salam as the chairman of LP.

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Daily Trust reports that other plaintiffs in the suit include Chief Calistus Okafor and 17 others.

They are seeking for “an order of injunction restraining the 2nd defendant from giving police protection to the 3rd defendant as the National Chairman of the 1st plaintiff.

The plaintiffs also sought a declaration of the court that by the same provisions above, INEC was not empowered to overrule or disregard the subsequent election of the Omotosho as the national chairman of the party.

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In furtherance to this, the plaintiffs are seeking “an order of injunction restraining the 1st defendant from recognizing or dealing with the 3rd defendant as the National Chairman of the 1st plaintiff and an order of injunction restraining the 2nd defendant from giving police protection to the 3rd defendant as the National Chairman of the 1st plaintiff.”

Following the stalling of the hearing of the suit last Friday by the absence of the trial judge, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, counsel to the plaintiffs, Festus Keyamo (SAN) on Monday filed for accelerated hearing of the suit.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the party criticized the alleged refusal of INEC to recognise Mike Omotosho as its national chairman as it asks the body to do so without further delay.

The forum of states’ chairmen of the party met for two days in Abuja, the political organisation, on Tuesday, March 13, through Joseph Ndirang, said that Omotosho emerged at a special convention in October, 2017.

As a result, the party said Omotosho replaced Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, who was removed over allegation of fraud and that the party’s convention was witnessed by INEC.

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Source: Legit.ng

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