The National Chairman of the Labor Party (LP), Julius Abure, has received a vote of confidence from the party’s 36 state chairmen as well as certain members of the National Working Committee.
Speaking to the media on Saturday, they said that the actions of Lamidi Apapa and a few other people were illegal and that any judgments made were worthless. After the party’s flag bearer, Peter Obi, filed a lawsuit challenging the results of the presidential election on February 25, Apapa declared himself the party’s national chair.
The party’s 36 state chairmen demanded that Abure, who they recognize to be the national chairman of the party, convene a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) right away.
They gave Abure a vote of confidence while maintaining Yomi Arabambi and Anslem Eragbe’s expulsion from the party.
They applauded the choice made by the party’s trustees, the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC), and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to support Abure and insisted that the proper procedures must be followed before any removal or suspension can take effect.
On Wednesday, the Federal Capital Territory High Court removed Abure as the head of the LP and enjoined three other people from impersonating party national officers. This came after James Onoja argued an ex-parte application.
However, until the outcome of the motion on notice, a State High Court sitting in Benin on the same day prohibited the LP and all of its members from suspending its national officers.