Appeal Court Affirms Abure As LP National Chairman, Fines Apapa

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 upheld Julius Abure as the National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP).

The Court in its judgement upturned the decision of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court that restrained Abure and two others from holding national positions within the party.

In the judgment delivered by Justice Hamma Barka, the Appeal Court held that the FCT High Court overstepped its jurisdiction in the matter and therefore set asidethe lower court decision.

The appellate Court therefore ordered a cost of one million Naira to be paid by the respondent, Lamidi Apapa in favour of Julius Abure.

Previously at the FCT High Court, Justice Hamza Muazu granted an ex-parte order prohibiting Abure and the two other national officers from assuming leadership positions within the party on allegations of document forgery. However, the Appeal Court overturned the ruling of the FCT High Court and declared that Abure’s appeal had merit.

The legal battle between Abure and Apapa intensified after the 2023 presidential election as Apapa challenged Abure’s leadership which resulted in legal disputes.

On February 21, 2024, Mr. Julius Abure was arrested in Benin City, the Edo State capital under controversial circumstances which the Police later said his arrest was linked to attempted murder, illegal possession of firearms, and related offenses. Some videos that trended online showed Abure manhandled by some of the police personnel even as Labour Party supporters tried to prevent his arrest.

He was later released on bail the following day.

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