The House of Representatives, yesterday condemned the restraining order granted the Edo State chapter of the Congress for Progressive Change ( CPC) by? Justice M.N Esowe of the National Industrial Court, describing it as a flagrant abuse of judicial power capable of undermining the process of democracy and the people’s right to freely? associate.

Minority whip, House of Representatives, Hon Samson Osagie of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), who spoke on behalf of his colleagues at the National Assembly, condemned in strong terms, the attempt to stop the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) from organising a solidarity rally towards the re-election bid of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Justice M.N Esowe had granted an exparte motion filed by the Edo State chairman of the CPC, Comrade Godwin Erhahon, restraining the organised labour from going ahead with the rally, which the NLC and TUC, however, ignored.

Osagie, while also addressing journalists in Benin City yesterday, maintained that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain a suit from any political party, noting that the action of the court constituted a danger to Nigeria’s nascent democracy.