Appeal Court Affirms Apapa As LP National Chairman, Sacks Abure

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Lamido Apapa was recognized as the new national chairman of the Labour Party by the Court of Appeal in Owerri, Imo State, on Thursday, replacing Julius Abure.

The court also mandated that all governorship candidates in Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi states who had been developed by the Apapa-led National Working Committee be recognized and made public right away.

Athan Achonu, a senator from Imo State, and other members of the Abure-led LP faction had their bids for governor rejected by the court as well.

Apapa said in April that his expulsion from the party was unjustified and that he was still the “legitimate acting chairman.”

On August 14, a Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, Edo State capital, affirmed Abure as the National Chairman of the Labour Party. This was disclosed in a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh.

Prior to this, on May 26, a State High Court sitting in Edo dismissed the notice of suspension issued against Abure by some party members at the ward level. The judge, Justice Emmanuel Aihamoje, threw out the case for lacking merit.