Lamidi Apapa, the factional national chairman of the Labour Party, who was assaulted by a crowd on Wednesday at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, the venue of the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, has expressed gratitude to God for sparing his life.
As soon as security personnel released Apapa from their protective custody, he spoke to reporters and stated that he was in court to assert his position as the party’s acting national chairman and to confirm the status of the petition that the party’s candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, had filed to contest the results of the 2023 presidential election.
Before the court’s hearings began, he informed newsmen that he had anticipated problems after Mr. Akin Osuntokun, Director-General of the Obi campaign organizations, refused to vacate a chair that was reserved for the chairman of the party.
“I want to tell the whole world that he is a liar. I have been in the party for over 21 years while he is not even up to one year in the party.
“I have never taken any kobo from anybody and I have challenged anyone that has any evidence to bring it forward”.
Insisting that he has contributed more to the party than Obi, Apapa, said it was not true that he was in court to withdraw the petition against Tinubu.
“Apart from money, what else does he (Obi) have that I don’t have?,” Apapa queried.
He accused Obi of refusing to respect the court order that suspended the Julius Abure-led executives of the party.
On the issue that led to the removal of his cap by angry youths that attacked him at the court premises, he said: “As you can see, I have recovered my cap. But as for the person that removed my cap, he will suffer till the end of his life.
“I saw him. He is a young chap but he will never grow old,” he added.