BY INNOCENT ANABA
ABEOKUTA—Labour Party, LP, executive committee members in Ogun State, have dragged former governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos over their purported removal without a valid congress.
The plaintiffs want the court to declare that they and other executive committee members at the state, local government and ward levels are LP’s authentic leaders and officers.
The plaintiffs, Mr. Olabode Simeon, Oginni Olaposi and Arabambi Abayomi, who sued for themselves and on behalf of the committee, also joined the Inspector-General of Police; the Director-General, Department of State Services, DSS; LP and its national chairman, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu as defendants.
Other defendants are LP Deputy Chairman, South, Dr. Joseph Akinlaja; John Olaleye; Michael Adegbola; Ladi Adebutu; Sarafa Tunji Ishola; Senator Lekan Mustapha; Kayode Amuson; Isiaq Biodun Akinlade; Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka and Adeshina Kawonise.
The plaintiffs are contending that their tenure ought to have elapsed in 2013, but that at the party’s National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting held on November 20, last year, it was unanimously resolved that the tenure of all occupants of executive offices at all levels be extended pending the holding of congresses and a convention to elect their successors.
They want the court to determine whether the LP executive committee in Ogun State can be removed from office without elections at a valid state congress, or a convention held to overturn the NEC resolution.
The plaintiffs urged the court to hold that Akinlaja and Daniel cannot unilaterally handpick and appoint anybody of their choice as LP officers in Ogun State in total disregard of the 1999 Constitution and the party’s 2009 Constitution, and that INEC cannot recognise such officers.