FOLLOWING the dissolvement of the Labour Party, LP, excos in Rivers State over alleged gross misconduct and anti-party activities, the National Legal Adviser of the party, Akingbade Oyelekan, on Wednesday, berated the move, stating that the decision is faulty and will not stand.
AIRSPACEMEDIA reports that the leadership of the Labour Party, on Tuesday, announced the dissolution of the executive council of its Rivers State branch with immediate effect ahead of March 11 governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections.
Reacting during a press briefing, in Abuja, Oyelekan said that the process for announcing the dissolution of the River state excos was not intandem with the set directives of the party’s constitution.
He also explained that the spokesperson for the Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, Kenneth Okonkwo, was not the right person to announce the annulment of the Rivers state excos, adding that only the National Secretary of National Working Committee, NWC, is constitutionally allowed to make such announcement.
He said: “I want to make this clarification because it’s expedient and very important that we need this clarification so that we don’t continue to fall into error. We discovered and read in some news platform that the River State executive was dissolved by my friend, Kenneth Okonkwo and I felt that was out of place. Why? There are constitutional procedures for taking such action. Our Constitution laid down the procedures to be followed when an excos or a member of this executive erred.
“Now, you have to first set up a disciplinary committee that will listen to the issue. Vis a Viz the allegations and the response from such a person or the group of persons. Now, the disciplinary committee will now recommend to NWC the appropriate measure or punishment to be taken or a punitive measure to be imposed on such a person.
“But, this time around there was nothing like that and with due respect to Kenneth Okonkwo, he is not a member of the NWC of the party. He is not an executive with any of the structures of the party: state, local government or even national so he can not speak for the NWC.
“The person that is charged with that responsibility of doing that is the National Publicity Secretary or the National Secretary himself. In the absence of the National Publicity Secretary, the National Secretary will give the message to the public, but this time around, it was Kenneth Okonkwo who is not known as an executive of the party, and as such he cannot give information on behalf of the Labour party.
“Now, I also want to quickly draw an inference here that there is a difference between the Labour Party and the Presidential Campaign Council. They are two different organisations.