Group Asks Court to De-register Labour Party, Bar INEC from Including Their Candidates in Edo, Ondo Guber Polls

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In a bid to uphold constitutional provisions, the Center for Reform and Public Advocacy (CRPA) has approached the Federal High Court in Abuja, urging it to instruct the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to prevent the Labour Party (LP) from participating in the upcoming Governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States.


The group contends that the Labour Party is violating sections 222 and 223 of the 1999 Constitution by failing to convene a National Convention to elect national leaders as mandated by law.



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They emphasize that the party held its last National Convention on June 10, 2019, and has not organized another within the required four-year period.


In the suit filed against INEC, Labour Party, Julius Abure, and Lamidi Apapa, the CRPA seeks a court order restraining Abure and Apapa from nominating candidates or presenting themselves as National Officers of the party.


The group argues that since the Labour Party is in default of the Constitution, it should be proscribed, and INEC should be compelled to de-register the party under section 225 of the Constitution.



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The CRPA asserts that the Labour Party intends to nominate candidates for the Edo and Ondo governorship elections, and unless restrained, INEC might accept these candidates. The group urges the court to stop INEC from accepting nominees and displaying the party’s logo on the ballot paper, as the National Officers’ names and addresses are not registered with INEC, as required by law.




The case awaits a scheduled hearing date.


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