The Ogun State Labour Party is divided into factions.
The unresolved crisis within the troubled Ogun State Labour Party, LP, on Friday, took a new turn as a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos restrained a faction led by former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, from opening a new secretariat for the party in the state.
The court, while granting an interim injunction, also barred Mr. Daniel and all the five governorship aspirants in the party – Abiodun Akinlade, Sharafa Ishola, Gboyega Isiaka, Sina Kawonise and Kayode Amusan – as well as the factional Chairman and Secretary of the party, John Olaleye, and Micheal Adegbola respectively, from commencing another party registration exercise until the motion was heard and determined by the court.
The plaintiffs in the suit number FHC/L/CS/123/2014 are Olabode Simeon, Oginni Sunday and Arabambi Oluwafemi.
Messrs Olabode and Oginni were in December suspended by the national headquarters of the Labour Party. They were formerly chairman and secretary respectively of the party in Ogun State. Both men had weeks before announced the suspension of Mr. Daniel from the party. The national headquarters reversed the suspension and declared Mr. Daniel the leader of the party in Ogun State.
The defendants in the suit include Mr. Daniel; the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC; the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar; the Director of the State Security Services, Ita Ekpeyong; the Labour Party and its national Chairman, Dan Nwanyanwu, among others.
Justice C. J. Anneke gave an order of interim injunction restraining the defendants – apart from Mr. Daniel and the governorship aspirants – from dealing with or according any recognition whatsoever to any other persons as officers of the party in Ogun State other than the plaintiffs and the other executive committee members led by theml; pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
The other orders included: “An order of interim injunction restraining the sixth to 11th defendants (Daniel and other aspirants) from opening a parallel office of the Labour Party in Ogun state, commencing any registration of members, or conducting any programme or event whatsoever in the name of the fourth defendant until this honourable court has heard and determined the motion on notice.
“An order of interim injunction restraining the eighth and ninth defendants from parading, holding themselves out or allowing themselves to be addressed as acting chairman and secretary of the fourth defendant in Ogun state pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”