A political group under the aegis of Obi-Datti Movement for Justice and Equity, yesterday, urged the National Working (NWC) of the Labour Party (LP) to obey court judgments by enlisting National Assembly candidates of the party in Lagos State.
The movement in a statement signed by its national convener, Mba Justice Chijioke, said it is unfortunate that some national officers of the party have refused to implement the judgement of the Appeal Court, sitting in Abuja with number CA/ABJ/CV/1041/2022, dated November 18, 2022.
Chjijioke said the judgement specifically ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to enlist the National Assembly candidates in Lagos State without further delay, but “some key National Executives of the party led by its National Legal Adviser, Barrister Samuel Oyelekan Akingbade in collaboration with Lagos State Executives led by Okpala Sam Emeka are desperately making efforts to thwart the implementation of the judgement.”
Chijioke said the action of the officers is capable of jeopardising the electoral fortunes of the party in the state and appealed to members of the party to prevail on the affected officers not to cause crisis in LP.
The convener of Obi-Datti support group said the Electoral Act of 2022 is frowned at substituting of candidate names and no amount of under hand dealings will thwart due process as affirmed by the court.
He said, “As faithful party members, we would not fold our hands and allow few elements to destroy the success of our party at the 2023 polls. We expect them to concentrate on getting the names of our Party’s candidates in other states enlisted before the 2023 general elections rather they are serving as moles within the party to destroy the growing and populous party in Nigeria.
“We are using this medium to admonish them to accept the judgement of the court appeal in Abuja and allow peace to reign in the party. We have had enough distractions and it is time for us to secure overwhelming victory for LP in Lagos State and across Nigeria.”