The Director General of the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council, Akin Osuntokun, has blamed the country’s judiciary, over the crisis rocking the party after the 2023 general elections in Nigeria.
Osuntokun stated this while speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s program ‘Sunrise Daily,’ on Thursday.
According to him, the judgment by Justice Hamza Muazu of a Federal Capital Territory High Court, ordering the party’s Chairman, Julius Abure, and other national executives of the party to stop parading themselves as national officers of the Labour Party, incited the crisis in the party.
“Nothing is going on (in the Labour Party) other than the crisis of the judiciary. It is a judge, the judiciary that made a judgment that is now responsible for creating a crisis in the Labour Party,” he said.
Speaking further the DG said, “It was a judge here, who in his discretion, said that Abure, who has been chairman for the primaries of the presidential, for the governorship, for the state houses of assembly.
“A judge thereafter gave a judgment that that chairman should no longer parade himself as a chairman. What do you make of that? And look at who and who brought the case to him.
“The judge is a Nigerian, he reads newspapers like the rest of us, he could have taken a more logical position on what was brought before him. Does it mean that if a clerk in the Labour Party brings a complaint before you, you can give a judgment based on that?”
The DG opined that the judge had the option of allowing the chairman of the party, remains in his position and go on with the case, but he preferably choose an option showing that he was “setting the party up for a crisis.”
It would be recalled that Justice Muazu of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, had issued the restraining order to the LP national Chairman and some officers, while ruling in ex-parte application on April 5.
However, the Deputy National Chairman of the party (South), Lamidi Apapa, declared himself the acting Chairman of the party, shortly after the Abuja court judgment.
Meanwhile, a State High Court sitting in Benin, on April 6, restrained the Labour Party and all its members from any suspension of Abure and other national officers till the determination of the motion on notice.