Aggrieved members sue Ondo LP over selection of executives

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 20th, 2014

imageThree Chieftains of the Labour Party, (LP) have dragged the Incorporated Trustees of the party and its other stakeholders to the Federal High Court sitting in Akure over the selection of party executives in the 18 local government areas of the state.

The Plaintiffs, Messers Benson Adeyelu, Omosehin Deji and Tayo Akinmosi sought an order restraining the selected persons to various offices in the LP executive from being sworn in by the defendants or their agents.

They also prayed the court to restrain the new party executives from parading themselves as elected officials of the party.

Other defendants are the LP, its State Chairman, Chief Dele Akinyele and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ondo State.

In the originating summons brought pursuant to order 3, rules 6, 7 and 9 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2009, the plaintiffs are challenging the act of selecting the defendants to occupy various executive positions in the LP across the wards and local governments in the State under the cloak of party congresses is null and void.

They argued that it contravened relevant laws relating to election of party executives as well as violation of the rights of the plaintiffs and numerous members of LP in the State.

The Plaintiffs prayed the Court to compel the defendants to conduct a valid congress reflecting the spirit of the constitutions of the LP and that of Nigeria.

They maintained that the action of the defendants in selecting party officers in the 18 local governments through the purported congress amounted to gross violation of the LP.

“The Plaintiffs having been disgruntled for being precluded from participating either as voters or candidates decided to file this action to seek whatever remedy the law can assail in the circumstance of this case.

“The justice of the case will be better served if the defendants’ undemocratic act are revered so as to pave way for the entrenchment of constitutional, democratic and electoral provisions already violated by the defendants”, the Plaintiffs asserted.

No date has been fixed for hearing of the case.

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