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Labour Party leadership tussle drags to court


The leadership crisis rocking the Labour Party (LP) has assumed another dimension, as one faction of the party led by Dr. Mike Omotosho, has dragged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, before an Abuja High Court.

The faction is, among other things, seeking an order of injunction restraining the INEC from recognizing and dealing with one Alhaji Abdulkadir Salam as chairman of the Labour Party, and the IG from providing him with police protection. 
In a motion on notice brought against the respondents, the plaintiffs which include the Labour Party as the first, the National Working Committee of the party as the 2nd to 18th plaintiffs, and Dr. Mike Omotosho as the 19th plaintiff, specifically sought “an order of injunction restraining the 2nd defendant (the IG) from giving police protection to the 3rd defendant (Alhaji Abdulkadir Salam) as the National Chairman of the 1st plaintiff.

The plaintiffs are seeking through the suit a declaration that by the combined provisions of Sections 85 and 86 of the Electoral Act and the Constitution of the 1st plaintiff, the 1st defendant is not empowered to overrule or disregard the removal of the 3rd defendant as national chairman of the party by the plaintiffs. 

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