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