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Ogun Council Poll: Labour Party sues Governor Amosun, state electoral body August 20, 2016 news by Akintaro oluwafemi Akinz

​The Ogun State chapter of the

Labour Party has instituted a

court action against the Ogun

State Independent Electoral

Commission over the alleged

exclusion of the party in the

preparation for the October 8

local government election in the

state.

The acting Chairman of LP in the

state, Abayomi Arabambi, who

disclosed this on Saturday, said

the suit was filed before a State

High Court, Isabo, Abeokuta, the

state capital.

He said the party was seeking an

order restraining OGSIEC and its

chairperson, Risikat Ogunfemi,

from carrying on with the

conduct of the council poll.

He accused the electoral body of

preventing the party’s candidates

from participating in the poll by

rejecting the necessary

documents from them before the

deadline.

In the originating summons

deposed to by Mr. Arabambi,

state secretary, Olaposi Oginni;

and another member, Abdul-

Sabur Sina Aroyeun, the LP “is

seeking a court declaration that

the date for the collection and

submission of the political

parties Form CF 001 and CF 002

be extended in other to

accommodate the party’s

candidates.”

The party also prayed the court

to determine whether or not, by

section 221 relevant sections of

Ogun state and the Election Time

Table, the forthcoming local

government election slated for

8th October can validly hold

without given form to all

interested parties.

The governor of Ogun State,

Ibikunle Amosun; the Attorney

General of the state and Mrs.

Ogunfemi were joined as

defendants in the suit.

The acting chairman said the party was

disturbed about the conduct of the election

because the OGSIEC was yet to publish

names of all polling units where election

would take place.

Meanwhile, a member of the Central

Working Committee of the LP, Sunday

Oginni, has said the party would

accommodate aggrieved members of the

Peoples Democratic Party interested in

joining its fold.

He stated this at a press conference in

Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Saturday.

The PDP has been enmeshed in leadership

crisis in the past months leading to its

factionalisation.

Mr. Oginni, who was accompanied by some

chieftains of the party in Ogun State, assured

the aggrieved PDP members of fair treatment

but that they should be ready to comply with

his party’s rules and regulations.

“Our door is wide open for any member of

the dead Peoples Democratic Party, which

wake-keep is ongoing and interment is in the

offing,” he said.

“We shall accommodate members of the

party who have genuine intention to join us

and such would be given fair treatment.”

Mr. Oginni boasted that the LP had been

rebranded and was set to take over power

across the country in the next political

dispensation.

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