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Labour Party to Appeal Court Ruling on Sacked Representative

The Labour Party has expressed its intention to appeal the court ruling that led to the removal of Hon. Ngozi Okolie, the member representing Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives. The party finds the Tribunal’s decision shocking and unexpected, asserting that Okolie’s nomination was valid and in accordance with their rules and regulations.

In a statement released by the National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, the Labour Party emphasized that the issue of candidate nomination and membership lies within the purview of the party and should not be a matter for the courts to decide. They cited precedents set by superior courts, including the Supreme Court, which have consistently upheld the principle that the internal affairs of political parties are beyond the jurisdiction of the judiciary.

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The party spokesman highlighted that according to the Labour Party’s guidelines, they have the right to grant membership to any Nigerian, even through a waiver, during election periods. They believe that they adhered to their rules by granting a waiver to Hon. Ngozi Okolie and had the power to field and substitute candidates as provided by the electoral law.

The party expressed dissatisfaction with the Tribunal’s ruling, which they see as conflicting with established jurisprudence. They argue that when a party’s leadership considers someone eligible for primary elections, no member of the party can challenge such a decision. Therefore, they believe that the issue of determining membership is non-justiciable and should not have been subject to the Tribunal’s decision.

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The Labour Party assured its members and supporters that they are putting together their case to appeal the judgment immediately. They suspect the involvement of powerful individuals in Delta State in the matter but remain confident that justice will prevail.

The party also urged its supporters to remain calm, stating that the judgment would not have any effect on other election petitions or the general election. They called for consistency in the court’s decisions to ensure certainty and decisiveness in the law.

In conclusion, the Labour Party expressed optimism that the Delta State judgment against their representative would ultimately be overturned, and they will retain their mandate.

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