Edo Labour Party Celebrates Reelection Of Abure As National Chairman

Julius Abure’s Leadership Upheld by Abuja Court

by Ikem Emmanuel

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has affirmed his position as the Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), resolving a contentious leadership dispute that has gripped the party in recent months.

The appellate court’s decision marks a reversal of the earlier ruling by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, which had restrained Abure and two others from serving as national officers of the party. Justice Hamma Barka, in delivering the judgment, emphasized that the high court had overstepped its jurisdiction in the matter, thereby nullifying its decision.

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Moreover, the Appellate Court has ordered Lamidi Apapa, the respondent in the case, to pay a significant cost of One million Naira in favor of Abure, further solidifying his leadership position within the LP.

This legal battle stems from allegations made last year by Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, who accused Abure and his associates of forging national documents and directed them to cease representing themselves as party leaders. However, the Court of Appeal has now overturned this ruling, deeming Abure’s appeal to be well-founded.

The protracted conflict between Abure and Apapa over the party’s chairmanship dates back to the 2023 presidential election, where LP’s candidate, Peter Obi, finished third. Since then, tensions within the party have escalated, culminating in legal wrangling that has only recently been resolved in Abure’s favor.


In a separate development, on February 21, 2024, Abure was apprehended in Benin City, Edo State, by law enforcement authorities. Viral videos captured the chaotic scene, showing Abure being manhandled by policemen amidst resistance from his supporters. The police alleged that Abure was arrested on charges of attempted murder, illegal possession of firearms, and related offenses. However, following protests by LP members, Abure was released on bail the following day.


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