Chief Aremo Adepoju, an Oyo Labour Party
chieftain, has urged an Abuja Federal High Court to restrain INEC from
recognizing ex-Governor Alao-Akala and others as the party’s
candidates for the 2015 general elections.
Fourteen others, including the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union
Congress, are joined as co-plaintiffs, while Alao-Akala, Sarafadeen
Alli, Nurudeen Akinyo, Olu Abiala, Tajudeen Abiodun are co-defendants
in the suit.
Mr Abiola Adegoke, the plaintiffs’ counsel, in a motion on notice,
alleged that the primary election which produced the defendants who
are purportedly the party’s candidates for the 2015 general elections
He argued in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1052/ 14, that the said
election was not conducted according to the constitution of the party
and the provisions of the 2010 Electoral Act, as amended.
The plaintiffs’ counsel also alleged that ex-Governor Alao-Akala and
the other elected candidates of the party at the primary election were
not constitutionally registered members of the party in the state.
Adegoke, therefore, prayed the court to restrain INEC from using their
names as the party’s candidates for the 2015 Governorship, Senate,
House of Representatives, and State Assembly elections, pending the
determination of the suit.
Also, NLC in its supporting affidavit deposed to by Dr Peter
Ozo-Eshon, its Secretary-General, argued that there was no lawful
convention under the Labour Party’s constitution that produced
Alao-Akala and the other candidates.
He contended that the purported list of the candidates was “devoid of
any constitutional backing
of the LP constitution and the Electoral Act 2010 and the 1999 Constitution.’’
Justice Abdul Kafarati at Monday’s mentioning of the case, struck out
the names of Jimoh Oyedepo,
Ibrahim Lawal, Abraham Fakayode and Princess Dupe Gbolahan as
co-plaintiffs from the suit.
This was in consonance with the submission of Adegoke who argued that
the co-plaintiffs said that their consent was not sought before the
suit was filed and wanted their names struck out.
Kafarati adjourned the suit until March 23 for further mention.