LP Explains Police’s Take Over Of Party’s Secretariat
THE Labour Party (LP) yesterday explained the take over of the party secretariat by men and officials of the Nigeria Police Force, explaining that the National Working Committee (NWC) requested for the presence of police officials ahead of its meeting, which was held at party’s secretariat.
National Chairman of the party, Abdulkarim Abdul Salam, said yesterday in Abuja that the NWC decided to invite the police so as to protect the premises ahead of its meeting, after receiving a security report that a group of its members had mobilised some hoodlums to attack the office. LP has been drawn into crisis following the decision of the former national chairman, Dan Nwanyanwu, to hand over the party’s Certificate of Registration to another faction of the party that is led by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).
The party in a statement issued at the end of the meeting noted that both Nwanyanwu and the NLC were involved at an exercise in illegality, self- help, and an attempt to cow and derail the focused of the leadership of the party, stressing that the former chairman is not a member of the LP, having resigned his membership on the December 5, 2014.
It noted that his continued possession of the party’s Certificate of Registration and handing over of it to NLC/TUC is not only illegal but also hypocritical, which it said the party has already challenged at the law court.