The Labour Party factions led by Julius Abure and Lamidi Apapa have clashed over conflicting views on the ruling of the Appeal Court in Owerri.
A Court of Appeal in Owerri, Imo State, on Thursday, sacked Julius Abure, and recognised Lamidi Apapa as the National Chairman of the Labour Party.
The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to immediately recognise and publish the names of all the governorship candidates produced by the Apapa-led National Working Committee in Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi states.
Apapa’s faction asserts that the court dismissed Abure as National Chairman and validated their candidate as the legitimate chairman, but Abure’s faction dismisses these claims as fake news.
Coming from the Apapa-led camp, the Appeal Court allegedly dismissed the governorship and other candidates supported by the Abure-led National Working Committee, while affirming Apapa’s leadership.
However, the LP National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, contradicted the claims made about the court proceedings in a statement in Abuja.
He said, “It is another devastating blow for the Lamidi Apapa led dissident group as the Court of Appeal Owerri, sitting in Abuja today, Thursday August 24, 2023 dismissed the appeal filed by one Mr Basil Maduka, who is contending for the Labour Party governorship candidacy for Imo state.