Oyo LP cri­sis: Court re­fuses mo­tion by fac­tion

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By John Chuks Azu

A Federal High Court in Abuja yes­ter­day re­fused a mo­tion by fac­tional mem­bers of the Labour Party (LP) seek­ing to stop the recog­ni­tion of the in­terim com­mit­tee of the party in Oyo State.

In an ex parte ap­pli­ca­tion brought yes­ter­day by their coun­sel J. D. Olaniyan, the ag­grieved LP mem­bers led by Gbade Agun­bi­ade, Fun­mi­layo Olaniyi, Aremo Ade­poju and 12 oth­ers sought an or­der to res­train the cur­rent ex­ec­u­tive from rec­og­niz­ing the mem­bers of the party’s in­terim com­mit­tee in the state.

In his rul­ing, Jus­tice Gabriel Ko­la­wole held that the na­ture of the ap­pli­ca­tion is such that can­not be tak­ing with­out no­ti­fy­ing the par­ties men­tioned in the suit.

The judge said the court can only grant ex parte ap­pli­ca­tion if it re­al­izes there is no other way to re­dress a wrong. He there­fore or­dered the ap­pli­cants to serve the orig­i­nat­ing sum­mons on the par­ties be­fore the ad­journed date.

The suit joins as de­fen­dants the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC), the party’s Na­tional Chair­man Dan Nwanyanwu, Joseph Akin­laja and Gbenga Olayemi and 17 other mem­bers of the in­terim com­mit­tee.

The suit has been ad­journed to May 20 for hear­ing.

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