By DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE — THE Labour Party (LP) yesterday asked the Action Congress of Nigeria to prove its allegations of irregularities in the Election Petition Tribunal and stop its frivolous remarks in the media over the victory of Governor Olusegun Mimiko in last election.
The ACN’s Media Assistant, Mr. Idowu Ajanaku had over the weekend attempted to rationalise the reasons the party was in court, mentioning allegations bordering on criminal practices against both the LP and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which they insisted resulted in the election victory of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
However, the Labour Party in a statement in Akure berated the ACN, saying that once a matter is in court, it becomes prejudicial to make it a subject of media analysis as the ACN is now doing.
According to the LP’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Femi Okunjemiruwa, “the position of the law is that once a matter is in court, nobody should comment on it in the media.
“If you go to court with weighty allegations as the ones being made by the party, it behoves on you to be ready to prove these allegations rather than resorting to media rigmarole.
“They ought to be aware of the legal maxim which says he who alleges must prove.”
The LP spokesperson, while stating that even from the tirades of the ACN as enunciated by its media manager, it was obvious that they were a bunch of confused people, merely out to play mischief rather than be serious at the tribunal.
“While we are not going to join issues with those who are, from all intent and purposes, not ready to subject themselves to the rule of the court considering their posturing in the last few months before, during and after the election, we would like to say that some of the issues raised were pre-election matters and not election matters.”
The LP meddia-man ased:“It was this party that had raised the issue of over-voting; snatching of ballot papers, arrests of LP and government officials in their press statement. Pray, what will they say at the Tribunal?”