Former Deputy Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), Callistus Okafor, has filed a petition with the Supreme Court, seeking to be recognized as the legitimate Chairman of the party. During a press conference, Okafor revealed this surprising development, asserting that Julius Abure and Lamidi Apapa are “fraudulent” chairmen.
He argued that Apapa, the acting chair, could not have assumed the position through legal means, stating that “his appointment would have been more acceptable if there was no consent judgment.” Furthermore, Okafor claimed that the consent judgment renders Abure, an illegitimate chairman of the LP.
Okafor said: “I am the only acting national chairman of the Labour Party. Every other person parading himself as such is fake. Lamidi Apapa and Abure are both fake”.
“Let everybody know that I have approached the Supreme Court of Nigeria on Thursday, May 18, and prayed the apex court to declare Abure’s LP chairmanship claims, illegal.
“I have drawn the attention of the court to the fact that the acting secretary of the LP, based on the party’s constitution, cannot emerge as the Chairman.
“I have also asked the supreme court to declare null and void and of no effect, whatever Abure has done in his so-called capacity as the Chairman of the LP.
“I specifically drew the attention of the honourable justices of the apex court to the fact that Abure has conducted an illegal convention and primaries for LP which he has no legal power to do.
“I have also asked the court to recognise my party’s membership list because the list is with me and could be verified.”
LP which emerged as the third force in the build-up to the 2023 elections after a former Anambra state governor, Peter Obi picked the presidential ticket has been enmeshed in a leadership turmoil.
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Following the court’s dismissal of Julius Abure as the national Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), a crisis ensued when Lamidi Apapa, the deputy national chairman of the party (south), assumed the role of acting National Chairman. In April, an order was issued by a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) high court, restraining Abure from presenting himself as the LP’s national Chairman.
Additionally, the LP announced the suspension of Apapa due to “anti-party activities,” along with Akingbade, the national legal adviser; Gbenga Daramola, the national financial secretary; Anselem Eragbe, the national youth leader; and Abayomi Arabambi, the national publicity secretary. However, party leaders, including Obi, have denied the existence of any crisis within the party and continue to affirm Abure as the Chairman.