LP Crisis Deepens As Police Take Over Party Secretariat
…Handover Of Certificate Of Registration Illegal – NWC
SAN FRANCISCO, August 04, (THEWILL) – The crisis in the Labour Party (LP) appears to be taking another dimension as fierce-looking security operatives Tuesday took over the party secretariat following intelligence reports that the embattled former chairman of the party, Dan Nwanyanwu, has allegedly recruited armed political thugs to forcefully remove the chairman, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam.
This came on a day the party described as illegal the handing over of its Certificate of Registration by its former National Chairman, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), many months after
he had claimed that the certificate was missing.
The party in a communique issued at the end of a meeting of its National Working Committee (NWC) held in Abuja and signed by its National Chairman, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam and Deputy National Secretary, Julius Abure, said Nwanyanwu is not a member of LP having resigned his membership on December 5 2014 to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to work for the re-election of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
The NWC in session commended the FCT Command of the Nigeria Police for its prompt response to secure the party’s national headquarters and also creating an enabling environment for a peaceful NWC meeting.
“The NWC in session express shock and surprise at the inglorious conduct of the NLC. The House in session further notes that the NLC should focus on workers welfare. There is no doubt as to whether the Nigerian workers are being exploited, impoverished, cheated and bearing the harsh economic and social conditions of Nigeria,” the communiqué said.
Nwanyanwu ran into troubles when he lied that the Certificate of Registration (CoR) of Labour Party (LP) was missing but later ‘found’ and handed it over to the NLC.
The LP had faulted the handing over of the CoR of the party to the NLC, describing his action as contemptuous.
The party's lawyers Chief Chukwuma Ekomaru (SAN), had in a letter to NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said that the receipt of the certificate was faulty as it has been reported missing by Nwanyanwu who handed it over even when he had resigned.
The lawyer in the letter dated July 31 told Wabba that the party on 19 November 2014 had sued those parading themselves as the National Caretaker Committee of the party with same Nwanyanwu being the 4th claimant in the suit pending before a Federal High Court Abuja and which hearing has been adjourned till 30 September, 2015  by the court.
“We are to inform you that before now the Labour Party had reported to the Police that their certificate of registration is missing because Barrister Dan Nwanyanwu after leaving the party told the National Chairman of the party that the certificate of registration was missing.
“Following political activities leading to the 2015 General Elections, Barrister Nwanyanwu, for reason very personal to him left the Labour Party and joined the Presidential campaign team of President Goodluck Jonathan.
“The whole world by your press coverage on both electronic and print media on 30 July 2015 is now aware that the NLC President Comrade Ayuba Wabba is now in custody of the certificate of registration of the Labour Party. What Barrister Dan Nwanyanwu handed over to you yesterday (Thursday) as the certificate of registration of Labour Party is a stolen property because Barrister Dan Nwanyanwu is no longer a member of Labour Party,” the lawyer said in the letter.
Speaking on the matter, the National chairman of the party, Alhaji Abdulkadir AbdulSalam, lamented that Nwanyanwu who organised the National Convention that brought the present leadership of the party would be the one trying to destroy it.
“He resigned as the Chairman Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party to join the PDP presidential campaign of former President Goodluck Jonathan. He told us that the certificate of registration was missing and we filed a report to the Police, how can he now hand over the
missing certificate to a group whose activities we are challenging in court?,” he said.