The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, the Edo State capital, has affirmed Julius Abure as the National Chairman of the Labour Party.
This is contained in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, in Abuja.
According to the statement, in a unanimous decision, the three-member panel of justices dismissed the appeal of the appellant.
It says that In the lead judgement, Justice Theresa Ngolika Orji Abadua affirmed the decision of the High Court of Edo State and held that one man cannot suspend the national chairman of the Labour Party in line with Article 13 and 17 of the Constitution of the Party and the extant Electoral Act of 2022, particularly when the appellant has been described by the party as unknown.
The court unanimously nullified the earlier suspension and all actions taken against Comrade Julius Abure and the party arising from the purported suspension.
In a swift reaction to the judgment, Comrade Julius Abure commended the team of justices led by GC Igbokwe who refused to close their eyes to the truth.
“I thank the Obidient movement who tarried with me and Mr Peter Obi while the impostor Mr Lamidi Apapa and his adherents tried to trade off the mandate freely given to the Labour Party with billions of Naira expended by his paymasters in the opposition parties” Comrade Julius Abure added.
Comrade Abure applauded the judgment describing it as sound, courageous and unimpeachable, adding that he remains the national chairman of Labour Party until the party convention holds.
Prest Aigbokhan, lead counsel to Labour Party said the decision of the Court of Appeal has given a rest to the battle for the soul of the party.
“it is a landmark judgement that will stand the test of time. Anybody still associating with impostors parading themselves as factional leaders of the party does so at their own peril. Political parties must remain the watchdog of national conscience.
According to the statement, the plaintiff, Lucky Shuaibu a member of the Labour Party in Ward 3 Executive in Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo State, suspended Abure.
Georgina Humphrey, Edited By Grace Namiji
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