BY DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA — The crisis rocking the Labour Party in Ogun State has taken another dimension as the party in the state, yesterday, dragged the former Governor Gbenga Daniel before the state High Court, asking that he be stopped from parading himself as the leader/chairman of the party in the state.
The state Chairman of the party, Olabode Simeon and Secretary, Olaposi Sunday; state Financial Secretary, Abayomi Arabambi, and two others were the claimants, who sued the former governor and the state’s Commissioner of Police, CP, Ikemefuna Okoye as first and second defendants, respectively.
In the motion on notice obtained by our correspondent, the party prayed the court to restrain Daniel from meddling with the affairs of the party in the state pending the determination of the substantive suit in the case which has been fixed for January 10, 2014.
The party also urged the court to compel the CP to implement the interlocutory injection barring the first defendant from meddling with the party affairs in the state.
Members of the party’s state executive and Daniel have been at logger-heads over the control of the party machinery .
The national leadership has reportedly handed over the party structure in the state to Daniel, instructing the members of the executive to regard Daniel as the party leader.
But, in an attempt to stop him from hijacking the party from them, the state executive obtained an order of interlocutory injunction for the maintenance of the undisputed position existing in the executive council of the party in the state prior to the commencement of hostilities few weeks ago.
The claimants urged the court to restraints Daniel, “from further parading himself as the leader/Chairman of Labour Party in Ogun State.