.. 7-man committee to oversee party activities
OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
The crisis rocking the Labour Party has festered with a faction loyal to the parent body, the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, insisting that the party will not be fielding candidates in the 2019 general election.
The faction also said the party no longer has a executive and that its factional chairman, Alhaji Abubarkar Abdulsalam, no longer preside over the party since the tenure of the National Working Committee has expired earlier in October.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, the party’s immediate past National Publicity Secretary, Barr. Ebere Ifendu also discredited the National Executive Committee meeting of the party held in Minna, Niger state as illegal.
She said, “The NEC was not properly constituted. There is a subsisting court order that gave us a mandate to conduct an all inclusive national convention. The judgment is a consent judgment, which involved all parties, including Abdulsalam who signed the documents that was used for the judgment.So it is no longer what INEC can interfere with, the court orders must be respected.
“INEC wrote the party a letter asking for an all inclusive national convention but Abdusallam went ahead to enlongate his tenure outside the content of the consent judgment so he his already in violation of the consent judgment. INEC on its part has obeyed the court order by asking LP to go and hold an all inclusive national convention.
“I am repeating it again LP cannot field candidates for the elections in 2019 reason being that the tenure of the present National Working Committee of the party has expired on October 10. There is no existing national chairman and national secretary of Labour Party as we speak.”
Part of the statement read:
“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 these 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 National Working Committee. The purported 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 full well that it has ended on the 10th October 2018.
“With the end of the tenure of this executive and it we 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 these 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.”
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