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  • Updated: November 23, 2023

Achonu: Labour Party factions clash amid suit against Imo governorship candidate

Achonu: Labour Party factions clash amid suit against Imo go

Following the adjournment of a Federal High Court in Abuja to hear an appeal to dismiss a suit against its Imo governorship candidate, Athan Achonu in the November 11 gubernatorial election, two factions of the Labour Party (LP) clashed on Thursday.

After Kehinde Edun, the first plaintiff for LP declared his arrival in court and revealed that he was there to file a discontinuation notice in the case, Justice Inyang Ekwo postponed the hearing till January 11.

The hearing was restarted and Edun—who identified himself as LP's National Legal Advisor—spoke as follows: "We would want to notify the court on behalf of the first plaintiff that they were joined without authorization.

“I am here to file a Notice of Discontinuance. We have no case against the defendant (Independent National Electoral Commission).”

Anderson Asemota, who had been appearing for all of the plaintiffs, including the first plaintiff (LP), was taken aback by Edun's statement and stated that the subject was scheduled for a hearing.

He claimed he was served with a joinder notice by Imo governorship candidate Achonu's lawyer, Okwudili Anozie, who had previously announced his appearance as a party requesting to be joined.

“The National Legal Adviser said the suit was filed without authorisation,” the judge told Asemota.

However, Asemota stated that Edun was not the party's National Legal Adviser.

The lawyer, who stated that the National Legal Adviser had just come out of court, noted that the National Youth Leader was present, pointing to a litigant who rose for recognition.

Asemota alleged that the LP, whom he represented in court, had not informed him of the suit's dismissal. Furthermore, he said that he had not been served with the notice Edun intended to file.

He said that Edun had to be involved in the issue first by seeking to be joined before he could tell him of his intention to file a notice of discontinuance.

The judge then asked Edun if he had served Asemota with the application.

“I will serve them now,” Edun responded.

As a result, Justice Ekwo delayed the case until January 11 to hear the Notice of Discontinuance.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), while Asemota represented the Alhaji Lamidi Apapa group, Edun represented the Julius Abure-led LP side.

Meanwhile, just after the judge delayed the case, some Apapa supporters appeared in court to oppose Edun's motion to dismiss their action.

The situation escalated into a yelling match, causing security guards and court personnel to interfere.

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