According to Akin Osuntokun, Director General of the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council (LP PCC), the court is to blame for the crises that will rock the party following the 2023 general elections.
The LP National Chairman, Julius Abure, and other executive members were ordered by Justice Muazu of the Federal High Court in Abuja on April 5 to stop impersonating party national officers.
Bashiru Lamidi Apapa, the party’s interim chairman, declared himself the party chairman following the court’s ruling and assumed control of the organization.
But on April 6, a State High Court in Benin prevented the Labour Party and all of its members from suspending Abure and other national officers until the motion on notice was decided.
Osuntokun claimed that the crisis that rocked the party was caused by the judgment that ordered the dismissal of Abure and other national officers in an interview that aired on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday.
He said that, aside from the situation brought on by the courts, there is no leadership dispute within the party and that Abure continues to be its head.
He said: “There is nothing going on in the Labour Party other than the crisis of the judiciary. It is a judge, the judiciary that made a judgement that is now responsible for creating a crisis in the Labour Party.
“It was a judge here, who in his discretion, said that Abure, who has been chairman for the primaries of the presidential, for the governorship, for the state houses of assembly. A judge thereafter gave a judgement that that chairman should no longer parade himself as a chairman. What do you make of that? And look at who and who brought the case to him.
“The judge is a Nigerian, he reads newspapers like the rest of us, he could have taken a more logical position on what was brought before him. Does it mean that if a clerk in the Labour Party brings a complaint before you, you can give a judgement on the basis of that?”
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