The Director General of the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council, Akin Osuntokun, says the crisis rocking the party after the 2023 general elections was instigated by the judiciary.
Osuntokun said this in an interview on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday.
He said that the judgement 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, triggered the crisis in the party.
He said, “There is nothing going on (in Labour Party) other than the crisis of the judiciary. It is a judge, the judiciary that made a judgement that is now responsible for creating a crisis in the Labour Party.
“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 judgement 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 judgement on the basis of that?”
According to Osuntokun, the judge had the option of allowing the chairman of the party remain in his position and go on with the case, but he rather chose an option showing that he was “setting the party up for crisis.”
Justice Muazu had on April 5 issued the restraining order to the LP national officers, while ruling in ex-parte application.
Relying on the judgement, the Deputy National Chairman of the party (South), Lamidi Apapa, declared himself the acting Chairman of the party.
However, a state high court sitting in Benin, on April 6, restrained Labour Party and all its members from any suspension of Abure and other national officers till the determination of motion on notice.