Labour Party Factional Leaders Drag National Chairman, Arabambi,  Adebutu, others to Court 

By on February 1, 2018

The wobbling crisis rocking the Ogun state Labour Party deepened yesterday, as a factional Chairman of the party, Chief Biodun Owolabi  dragged   the national Chairman of the party, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, the  factional state party Chairman , Abayomi Arabambi, Independent National Electoral Commission, Inspector General of Police, Director General of the State Security Service(DSS), Member House of Representatives and governorship aspirant under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party, Hon Ladi Adebutu  and five others including the Chairman of the PDP in the state, Hon. Sikirulahi Ogundele  to  the Federal High Court.

Others who were dragged to court were the  National legal adviser of the party, Oyeleke Akingbade , former Chairman of the party in the state, Bode Simeon, a Chieftain of the party in the state ,Hon. Saburi Aroyewun and the  Labour  Party.

The plaintiff in the suit FHC/A3/CS/10/18 , the factional Chairman of the party in the state, Chief Biodun Owolabi and two other members of his executive claimed that their executive  were duly  voted for by the  authentic delegates of the party across the 20 local governments  of the state.

The court summon was as a result  of the parallel congresses  held on  January 22,  2018 which produced two executives.

The battle for the soul of  the  Party  with the emergence of the two separate factions ,the first  faction produced  Chief Biodun Owolabi as  its  chairman while the other  faction elected  Mr Abayomi Arabambi as its chairman.

While the  Chief Biodun led exco held   its  congress at the party Secretariat , Mr Abayomi Arabambi held  his own faction  congress at Park Inn hotel in Abeokuta and produced another exco.

The plaintiff also said the other faction’s Chairman Comrade Abayomi Arabambi allegedly connived with Hon Adebutu with the motive to destabilize, disrupt and cause chaos in the party, hence, they  rushed to the competent court  for justice to prevail.

In the writ of summon made available to newsmen  on Wednesday , the plaintiffs , sought for an injunction restraining Comrade Arabambi, (6th defendant), Hon Ladi Adebutu,(8thdefendant) Mr  Akingbade(10th defendant)  and Hon  Ogundele (11th defendant)  from interfering, manipulating and hijacking the affairs of the Labour Party.

The writ also restrains  the national Chairman(5th defendant), INEC (2ND defendant) , IGP (3RD defendant),  D-G DSS ( 4th), Simeon (9th), Aroyehun (7th) and Labour Party (1stdefendant) from either parading themselves or interfering  in the activities of the party .

The plaintiff however begged  the court to enforce the  following against the defendants that,” An order of perpetual injunction restraining all the defendants from dealing with any person whatsoever apart from the executive committee members led by Chief Abiodun Owolabi be granted.

“A declaration that the Ogun State Labour Party Congress held on 22nd day of January,2018 at the Labour Party Secretariat in Abeokuta was validly held in accordance with the Labour Party 2009 constitution.

” An order of perpetual injuction restraining all the defendants from dealing with any person whosoever, apart from the executive committee members  led by  the first plaintif as the Labour Party officers/ committee in Ogun State.

” An order of injuction restraining the  8th,9th, 10th and 11th defendants  from interfering , manipulative and hijacking the activities of the Labour Party in Ogun State as they are not card carrying members of the Labour Party.

” An order of honourable court  invalidating any other congress(es) held or to be held in Ogun State in Ogun State including the kangaroo congress held at the hotel cum residence of the 8th defendant is illegal, unconstitutional and an attempt to disrupt the Labour Party activities in Ogun State.

” An  order of honourable court restraining the defendant from opening  a parallel  state Secretariat or office of the first defendant in Ogun State for registration of members or any political activities outside the Labour Party Secretariat at FAJ House,Abeokuta-Ibadan expressway, Opposite NNPC filling station Car wash ,Adatan Abeokuta.

“An order of honourable court restraining the 5th – 11th defendants and their loyalists from parading themselves as Labour Party executive  committee members in Ogun State.

“And for such further or other orders at this  honourable court may deem it fit to make in the circumstances “

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