JUST IN: Supreme Court Affirms Julius Abure as Labour Party National Chairman, Dismisses Lamidi Apapa’s Led Faction Case
The Supreme Court's decision not only upholds the leadership of Julius Abure as the National Chairman but also confirms Achonu as the legitimate gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party in Imo State
Supreme Court Affirms Julius Abure as Labour Party National Chairman, Dismisses Lamidi Apapa’s Led Faction Case
In a decisive ruling that marks the end of a protracted legal battle within the Labour Party, the Supreme Court has dismissed the case filed by the Lamidi Apapa led faction, affirming Julius Abure as the only and authentic Labour Party National Chairman.
NEWS WEEK NIGERIA reports that the verdict also solidified Achonu as the sole governorship candidate for the upcoming Imo State gubernatorial election.
The feud between the two factions had been simmering for months, with Lamidi Apapa persistently challenging the legitimacy of the Julius Abure-led faction within the party.
At the heart of this dispute was the candidacy of Achonu, the Labour Party’s candidate for the Imo State gubernatorial election scheduled for November.
Lamidi Apapa’s legal maneuver sought to restrict the eligibility of candidates for the gubernatorial race in Imo, Kogi, and Bayelsa States to only those who had been selected through primary elections conducted under his faction’s auspices.
This move, intended to undermine the Abure faction’s authority, set the stage for a legal showdown that culminated in today’s Supreme Court ruling.
At the Supreme Court today, Apapa and his boys were thoroughly disgraced, their case dismissed and were told to apologize to the Labour Party.
End of the case.
— LabourPartyNG (@NgLabour) September 28, 2023
The Supreme Court’s decision not only upholds the leadership of Julius Abure as the National Chairman but also confirms Achonu as the legitimate gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party in Imo State. This clarity is expected to bring a sense of relief to party members and supporters who have been caught in the crossfire of this internal party dispute.
While the specifics of the Supreme Court’s judgment are yet to be fully disclosed, the ruling signals a turning point for the Labour Party as it prepares for the upcoming gubernatorial elections. The party now faces the task of uniting its members and refocusing its efforts on the electoral contest ahead.
This verdict, with its far-reaching implications, marks the end of a turbulent chapter in the Labour Party’s history. As the nation watches, the party now has the opportunity to regroup and present a united front as it vies for political prominence in the forthcoming elections.
Details regarding the Supreme Court’s reasoning and judgment are expected to be made available in due course, shedding further light on the legal intricacies surrounding this case.