Appeal Court Affirms Julius Abure As National Chairman Of Labour Party

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The Court of Appeal in Benin, Edo State on Monday, affirmed Comrade Julius Abure as the National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP).

The appellate court also unanimously invalidated the earlier suspension in addition to all other actions taken against Abure and the Labour Party as a result of the suspension.

Delivering the unanimous judgment, Justice Theresa Abadua validated the decision of the Edo State High Court, Benin and held that a single individual cannot suspend the national chairman of the Labour Party in line with Articles 13 and 17 of the Party’s constitution and the Electoral Act 2022.

Justice Abadua said that the provisions of the Party’s constitution and the Electoral Act 2022 were particularly significant as the party had categorized the appellant as an unknown entity.

In the suit instituted by a member of the LP, Lucky Shaibu against Abure and five others with reference number: CA/B/93/2023), the trial Justices Theresa Abadua, Fatima Akinbami, and Sybil Nwaka-Gbagi, unanimously dismissed the appellant’s appeal.

Lucky Shaibu had while asserting his membership of the LP’s Ward 3 executive in Esan Northeast Local Government Area of Edo, said that he played a role in the suspension of Abure as national chairman of the Labour Party.

In his remarks shortly after the judgment, Abure praised the Justices of the Appeal Court, Benin Division for their courage in ensuring that justice was upheld as well as commended his legal team led by G.C. Igbokwe, SAN, for their steadfastness and exemplary conduct throughout the period the case lasted.

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