- The Labour Party's leadership crisis has been resolved by the court of appeal in Benin City, the capital of Edo State
- The court affirmed Julius Abure as the authentic national chairman of the party, stating that one man cannot suspend the embattled chairman
- Obiora Ifoh, the spokesperson of the Labour Party, disclosed that the court gave the judgement in a unanimous decision on Monday
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According to The Sun, Obiora Ifoh, the national publicity secretary of the Labour Party, disclosed the development in a statement on Monday, August 14.
Appeal court dismisses suit against Labour Party national chairman
In a unanimous decision, Justices Theresa Ngolika Abadua, Fatima Akinbami and Justice Sybil Nwaka-Gbagi dismissed the appeal in the case of Lucky Shaibu v. Julius Abure & 5 ORS (Appeal No: CA/B/93/2023).
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According to Ifoh, one Lucky Shauibu claimed to be a member of the Labour Party executive in Ward 3 in the Esan North East local government area of Edo State, announced the suspension of Abure from the Labour Party.
The spokesperson of the Labour Party said Justice Abadua, in his lead judgment, affirmed the ruling of the High Court in Edo State and noted that it was not right for one man to suspend the national chairman.
Why appeal court declares Abure national chairman of the Labour Party
According to the ruling, articles 13 and 17 of the Labour Party's constitution, as well as the external electoral act of 2022, particularly when the appeal court has been described by the party as unknown.
"The court unanimously nullified the earlier suspension and all actions taken against Comrade Julius Abure and the party arising from the purported suspension.”
Labour Party crisis: Apapa confronts Peter Obi's campaign DG in court
Legit.ng earlier reported that there was tense drama on Wednesday morning when two Labour Party factions confronted each other at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.
The Lamidi Apapa-led faction went into the court to witness the petition hearing but met with the supporters of Joseph Abure, the suspended national chairman.
Akin Osuntokun, the Director-General of the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign, led Abure's faction at the court.