11 February 2011

Nigeria: Labour Party Members Ask Court to Stop Tallen

Four members of the Labour Party in Plateau State have gone to a Federal High Court in Abuja to challenge the nomination of Dame Pauline Tallen as the party's governorship candidate for the April general elections in the state.

Sani Idris, Musa Mamuda, Alhassan Ayaks and Alhaji Ado Usman Dengi who who are card-carrying members of the party from Plateau State are asking the court to void the nomination of Tallen for the governorship elections because it did not comply with Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2011, the party's constitution and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Guideline for Party Primaries.

The suit, which joins INEC, Dame Tallen and five other members of the party in the state, wants the court to determine whether the Electoral College and/or State Congress was duly constituted for the elections in compliance with Article 7, 13 (4) (A) and (B) and Article 27 (3) of the party's constitution.

The quartet also wants Justice G.O. Kolawole to make an order restraining Tallen from parading herself as the party's candidate for the 2011 governorship elections in Plateau State.

The matter is slated today for motion seeking leave to serve some of the parties outside jurisdiction.

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