Labour Party member sues party over national convention

Labour Party

A member of the Labour Party, LP, Charles Emereonyekwe, has filed a suit at a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking the nullification of the election of the new officials of the party at its October 11 national convention in Akure, the Ondo state.

He also asked the court to declare the convention illegal.

Joined in the suit as defendants are the new national chairman, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, the national secretary, Kayode Ajuko, and the former national chairman and now Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT, Dan Nwanyanwu.

Also listed are the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, the Trade Union of Nigeria, TUC, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

In the originating summons of the suit No.FHC/ABJ/CS/765/2014 dated October 21, the applicant asked the court to determine the following:

-Whether by a true interpretation and construction of Articles 13(Vi)(xi) 2009 Constitution of Labour Party (LP) the 1st and 2nd Defendants have right to reduce or increase the number and membership of the National Convention of the 3rd Defendant;

-Whether by a true interpretation and construction of Article 29 of the 2009 Constitution of the 3rd Defendant the 1st and 2nd defendants either by themselves or their proxy alter and amend clauses of the Labour Party Constitution; and

-Whether the request of 1st and 2nd Defendant to all State Chairmen of the 3rd Defendant to attend National Convention in Akure on 11th October 2014 not a violation of the provisions of Article 13(vi)(xi) of the Constitution of the Labour Party (LP).

The plaintiff sought a declaration against the defendants that the directive to all states chairmen of the party to attend the national convention with 12 delegates was illegal and in violation of the section of the party’s constitution.

He also sought a declaration that the resolutions, election, processes and activities at the convention of the LP, were unconstitutional, illegal, null and void and that all officers elected at the event should not parade themselves, address themselves or cause others to address them as its national officers.

He sought an order of mandamus directing INEC not to recognize the proceedings, election results and officers that emerged at the convention.

In a brief statement of facts to the court, Mr. Emereonyekwe, said he was financial member of the Abuja chapter of the LP and was up to date in his financial obligations. He said he was excluded from participating in the affairs of the party, the 3rd defendant in the case.

He argued that despite repeated calls by the chapter that the Akure Convention was not in compliance with the provisions of the 2009 Constitution, the former leadership of the party went ahead to hold it.

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