By Appolos Christian
A faction of the Labour Party (LP) led by Mike Omotosho, has called on the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) to desist from conniving with the former Chairman of the party, Alhaji A. A Salami and acting Secretary, Julius Abure, to interfering in the affairs of the party.
In a statement signed and read by Barr. Ebere Ifendu, the National Publicity Secretary of the party during a press briefing in Abuja yestersay, the faction assertively said: We want to use this medium to warn inec, especially the Chairman Prof Mohmoud Yakubu and Mrs. Babalola, the Legal Director to desist from conniving with the Salami and the acting Secretary, Julius Abure as we will no longer tolerate their unnecessary and biased interference in Labour Party affairs.”
The statement in full read, “Our attention has been drawn to the news making the rounds in the Nigerian media and confirmed sources revealed that the former National Chairman of Labour Party, Alhaji A A Salam, on the 9th, October 2019, gathered some miscreants in Minna, Niger State, his home State and told the world that he was holding the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Labour Party. ‘
“Article 13 (2) A, explicitly spells out the composition of the Party’s National Executive Councils Members. Among the persons on the lists are the Presidents and General Secretaries of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC). None of this constitutional members of the organ were in attendance nor represented. That clearly shows that the purported NEC meeting has nothing to do with Labour Party whatsoever.
“On the 2nd October, 2018, INEC had written to the Party to comply with the Order of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to conduct an all-inclusive National Convention involving all Parties covered by the terms of settlement filed on 14th March, 2018 (letter attached). The letter is very explicit on the action to take, elongation of tenure and suspension of National Working Committee Members are not part of the order of the Court.
“Of great concern to us is the fact that he claimed to have suspended 8 members of the Neticnal Working Ccmmittee. The p-umorted suspension of the 8 NWC members is only a fiction of A. A. Salam’s wildest imagination. No responsible person can gather non-party members and claim to have sacked NWC Members and at the same time prolong his own tenure, knowing fully well that it has ended on the 10th October 2018.
“With the end of the tenure of this executive andiltlwe compliance of the above mentioned court order, the Labour Party does not have a National working committee in place. This clearly means that any nomination of candidate done by the party after 11th October 2018 is NULL and VOID and it will be in contempt of the court order. We want to also use this medium to warn INEC, especially the Chairman Prof Mahmoud Yakubu and Mrs. Babalola director Legal to desist from conniving with Salam and the acting Secretary, Julius Abure as we will no longer tolerate their unnecessary and biased interference in Labour Party affairs.
“A 7-man committee is being constituted to oversee the activities of the Party and midwife the all-inclusive Convention in accordance with the court order.it is expected that all this will be concluded within 30 days from today.
“Finally, we want to thank our esteemed members from across the Country for their unflinching support and steadfastness during this past few months. The general public is called upon to disregard the purported suspension of 8 members of the national
working committee and the self elongated tenure of the National Executive Council.”