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Crisis Hits Labour Party As Court Suspends National Chairman, Secretary, Others From Office

….Court stops Abure, Ibrahim, others from parading as LP exco

A Federal Capital Territory High Court has issued an order restraining the National Chairman of the Labour Party, Julius Abure; National Secretary, Farouk Ibrahim and two others from parading themselves as national officers of the party.

Others stopped from parading themselves as national officers are the National Organising Secretary, Clement Ojukwu and the Treasurer, Oluchi Opara.

Justice Hamza Muazu issued the restraining order while ruling in ex-parte application argued by James Onoja.

In an application, Onoja told the court how the restrained National officers allegedly forged several documents of the FCT High Court to carry out unlawful substitutions in the last general elections.

Among the documents were the receipts, seal and affidavits of the Court to carry out criminal activities.

The Senior Counsel also tendered several documents, confirming to the Judge that the Chief Registrar of the Court, wrote the Labour Party to disown several documents used for the alleged criminal activities by Abure and three others.

Onoja adds that following their indictment by police investigation, the four people are to be arraigned in court adding that warrants for their arrest have already been obtained.

In a brief ruling, Justice Muazu held that the application and the supporting affidavits are a good case for the request to be granted.

The Judge subsequently ordered that the four people should immediately stop parading themselves as National Officers of Labour Party.

LP was cited as the 5th Defendant in the suit marked: CV/2930/2023.

Specifically, the plaintiffs, through their team of lawyers led by Chief James Ogwu Onoja, SAN, are among other things, praying the court to determine; “Whether by the suspension of the 1st Defendant (Abure) by the communique dated 31st December, 2023 by the 1st — 7th Claimants as the Ward Executive Council of Ward 03, Arue, Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State Chapter of the 5th Defendant pursuant to Article 13(10) (B) (ii) (iii) & (vi) and Article 19(1), B (1) (2) & (5) and 19 2 (A), (B)(2) (3) of the Labour Party Constitution 2009, the 1st Defendant is not meant to step aside as the National Chairman of the 5th Defendant with immediate  effect.

Whether from the prima facie case involving forgery, perjury and criminal conspiracy established against the 1st — 4th Defendants by the office of the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory dated 9th March, 2023 and the disclaimer by the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja dated 8th November, 2022, the 1st — 4th Defendants have the moral and legal standing to continue to function in office as officers of the 5th Defendant and not step aside.

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Whether the indictment by the Police by its report dated 9th March, 2023 establishing a prima facie case of forgery, perjury and conspiracy against  the 1st — 4th Defendants as well as the Disclaimer by the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory dated 8th November, 2023, the refusal of the 1st — 4th Defendants to step aside from office pending their prosecution is not capable of destroying the good image and reputation of the 5th Defendant.

Upon determination of the legal questions, they urged the court to declare that, “the 1st Defendant cannot continue to function in office as the National Chairman of the 5th Defendant as a result of the suspension by the Ward 03 Executive, Arue, Esan North East Local Government Area dated 31st March, 2023.

A declaration that the 1st — 4th Defendants cannot continue to remain in office as National Chairman, National Secretary, National Treasurer and National Organising Secretary of the 5th Defendant consequent on the prima facie case of forgery, perjury and conspiracy established against them by the Commissioner of Police F.C.T and the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory pending their prosecution in court.

A declaration that the 1st — 4th Defendants lack the moral and legal standing to continue to function in office as the National Chairman, National Secretary, National Treasurer and National Organising Secretary of the 5th Defendant having been indicted upon established prima facie case by the Commissioner of Police, F.C.T and the High Court  of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

An order directing the 1st Defendant to vacate office as the National Chairman of the 5th Defendants based on the communique issued by the Ward 03 Executive, Arue, Esan North East Local Government Area of the 5th Defendant, Edo State Chapter dated 31 st March, 2023.“”An order  directing the 1st , 2nd , 3rd and 4th Defendants to vacate office as the National Chairman, National Secretary, National Treasurer and National Organising Secretary of the 5th Defendant having been indicted upon established prima facie case by the Commissioner of Police, F.C.T and the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.“”An order directing the National Executive Committee and the National Working Committee of the 5th Defendant to appoint interim National Chairman, National Secretary, National Treasurer and National Organising Secretary for the 5th Defendant pending the convention of the 5th Defendant for such purpose”.“As well as, “an order of perpetual injunction restraining the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Defendants from henceforth parading themselves as the National Chairman, National Secretary, National Treasurer and National Organising Secretary respectively of the 5th Defendant”.

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