Labour Party Expresses Concern Over Sacking Of Members Across States

The Labour Party has expressed their disappointment over the rampart sack of it’s members by the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal across the country.

In Reaction to the development, the party has issued a statement by its National Chairman, Barr. Julius Abure, maintaining that the issue of “membership is an internal affair of the party beyond the jurisdiction of courts.”

He said that, “We are worried because the reasons for reversing our victories are matters that have been settled by the superior courts in the past.

“It is even incomprehensible and ludicrous when different tribunals give conflicting and diverse judgements on the same matter, a matter that has since been ruled by the Supreme Court and very recently at the Presidential Election Petition Court in APC v Peter Obi.

“The courts have, in a plethora of cases, held that the court has no jurisdiction to intervene in the internal affairs of a political party.

“The issue of nomination of candidates as well as membership are internal affairs of the party beyond the jurisdiction of courts. Only a political party can determine who its members are and who their flag bearer for an election should be.

“The Labour Party Chairman described the judgements as reckless, saying the activities of the judges are suspicious.”

“Though the tribunal is not the final court, we frown at the recklessness of our judicial officers in entering a judgement that looks suspicious.

“We are therefore calling the attention of the Nigeria Judicial Council to the injustice ongoing and to review the activities of some of our legal officers who may have been compromised and found wanting in the discharge of their duties.

“Labour Party must be encouraged to widen the political space and end the one party system being vigorously pursued by the ruling party. Pushing the party under a moving trailer will not in any way help anyone.”

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