A State High Court in Edo has ruled in favour of Julius Abure, the embattled National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), by dismissing the suspension notice issued against him by certain ward-level party members.
It was reports that the presiding judge, Justice Emmanuel Aihamoje, declared the case lacked merit, bringing an end to the contentious matter.
The decision was announced in a statement released on Friday by Obiora Ifoh, the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the LP. Ifoh confirmed that the legal action was initiated by Abure and the LP Ward 3 executives in Esan North East, Edo State.
During the nearly two-hour-long judgment, Justice Aihamoje ruled that the Uromi-based ward executive in Ward 3 lacked the authority, as stipulated in the Labour Party Constitution and the Electoral Act 2022, to remove the national chairman. Citing specific sections of the relevant laws (Act 13 & 17), the judge imposed a perpetual injunction against Lamidi Apapa and his faction, barring them from removing or suspending Abure as the national chairman until a new national convention of the party is convened.
In response to the court’s decision, Abayomi Arabambi, the spokesperson for the Lamidi Apapa-led faction, disclosed his intention to address a press conference to discuss the ruling, The Punch reports.