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Court of Appeal Upholds Julius Abure as LP Chair, Imposes N1m Fine on Apapa

Boom RadioNG | March 6, 2024
Julius Abure Chairman of the Labour Party (LP)

In a significant legal victory, the Court of Appeal in Abuja has upheld Julius Abure as the Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), setting aside a previous ruling by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court. The Appellate Court’s decision puts an end to a protracted legal battle over the leadership of the party.

Delivering the judgement, Justice Hamma Barka of the Appellate Court declared that the FCT High Court had erred in assuming jurisdiction over the matter. The court also awarded a cost of One million Naira in favor of Abure and against the respondent, Lamidi Apapa.

The legal dispute dates back to last year when Justice Hamza Muazu of the FCT High Court granted an ex-parte order restraining Abure and two other national officers from holding office. However, the Appellate Court overturned this decision, ruling that Abure’s appeal had merit.

Julius Abure Chairman of the Labour Party (LP)

Julius Abure Chairman of the Labour Party (LP)

The conflict intensified following the 2023 presidential election, in which LP’s Peter Obi finished third. Abure and Apapa have been locked in a battle for the party’s chairmanship ever since.

The situation reached a boiling point on March 21, 2024, when Abure was arrested in Benin City on charges of attempted murder, illegal possession of firearms, and related offenses. Viral videos captured Abure being manhandled by policemen as LP supporters clashed with law enforcement officers to prevent his arrest. Despite the tumultuous events, Abure was released on bail the following day

Written by Boom RadioNG

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