On Friday, a State High Court in Edo dismissed the notice of suspension against Julius Abure, the Labour Party’s beleaguered national chairman. Certain party members had issued the notice at the ward level.
Justice Emmanuel Aihamoje, the court, dismissed the case on Friday because it lacked merit.
This information was provided in a statement released on Friday in Abuja by the party’s acting national publicity secretary, Obiora Ifoh, who also stated that the lawsuit had been brought by Abure and the LP’s executive members in Ward Three of Edo State’s Esan North-East.
In a nearly two-hour-long ruling, Aihamoje stated that the party ward executive members in Uromi in Ward Three lacked the authority to dismiss the party’s national chairman following Acts 13 and 17 and the Electoral Act of 2022, as amended.
Lamidi Apapa and his side are prohibited from dismissing or suspending Abure as the national chairman until a new national convention of the party is called, the judgment ruled in suit no. HUC/21/2023.
Aihamoje said that the supposed Ward Three executive members’ decision to remove the party’s national chairperson was made beyond the scope of their legal authority under the Labour Party constitution.
In response to the decision, Thompson Ehiguese, the Ward 3 Chairman, informed reporters on the court grounds that the verdict had put a stop to impostors who were passing themselves off as party members in the ward.
“These charlatans from Edo North who are posing as members of our party are actually APC members,” he said. I want to take this opportunity to thank the Labour Party and the ‘Obidient’ movement for supporting Julius Abure steadfastly during the staged crisis in our esteemed party.
Kelly Ogbaloi, the state chairman, said that the Labour Party had won.
Chairperson Aigbokhan, counsel for the LP, characterized the ruling as a historic decision that will stand the test of time.
Any decision made on the void notice of suspension, he continued, “falls readily. In its ruling, the court emphasized that suspending party national executives is not a responsibility of ward executive members in the Labour Party.
Abayomi Arabambi, the spokesperson for the Lamidi Apapa-led side, responded to a request for comment by saying he intended to hold a news conference to discuss the decision.