Owerri’s Court of Appeal sent shockwaves through political circles on Thursday by ousting Julius Abure from his position as the National Chairman of the Labour Party. In a significant legal development, the same ruling also bestowed recognition upon Lamidi Apapa as the party’s new National Chairman.
In a decisive move, the court issued a directive to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), mandating the immediate recognition and publication of the names of gubernatorial candidates endorsed by the Apapa-led National Working Committee (NWC) across Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi states.
Notably, the court also dismissed Senator Athan Achonu, who stood as the gubernatorial candidate for Imo State, alongside others affiliated with the Abure-led faction of the Labour Party.
It’s worth noting that the Court of Appeal in Benin, Edo State, had previously affirmed Abure’s chairmanship of the LP on August 14, as per the recollection of the EYEWITNESS9JA NEWS. However, this latest ruling from the Court of Appeal in Owerri has upended that previous decision, generating uncertainty and speculation about the party’s leadership moving forward.