AWOGU, J.C.A. (Delivering the Lead Ruling): This appeal deals with the problem of Trade Union officials who fight over positions rather than carry out the sacred trust placed upon them by the members of the Union. Such infighting creates the erroneous impression of the existence of a Union "cake" to be shared. The law reports of this country are now replete with disputes of this nature.
The facts of the present dispute arose in this manner. The Plaintiffs, now Respondents, were removed as officers of the 6th Defendant, namely, the National Union of Postal/Telecommunications Employees. In suit No.LD/1662/86 at the Lagos High Court, the Plaintiffs sued for:
1. A declaration that the purported suspension and or removal of the Plaintiffs by the Central Working Committee is unconstitutional, null and void.
2. A declaration that the decision of the Central Working Committee which sat on the 8th of October, 1986 in so far as it affects the Plaintiffs is unconstitutional, illegal, null and vo…