Comrade Julius Abure has been affirmed as LP’s National Chairman by a Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, News About Nigeria reports.
His Lordships Justice Theresa Ngolika Orji Abadua JCA, Fatima Omoro Akinbami JCA and Hon. Justice Sybil O. Nwaka-Gbagi JCA in the case of Mr. Lucky Shaibu v. Julius Abure & 5 ORS (Appeal No: CA/B/93/2023) unanimously made a decision to dismiss the appeal of the Appellant.
Lucky Shauibu who claimed to be a member of the Labour Party in Ward 3 Executive in Esan North East of Edo State had suspended the chairman of the Labour Party.
However, in his lead judgment Justice Theresa Ngolika Orji Abadua JCA, affirmed the decision of the High Court of Edo State and maintained that one man cannot suspend the national chairman of the Labour Party in line with Articles 13 and 17 of the Constitution of the Party and the extant Electoral Act of 2022 particularly when the appellant has been said to be unknown by the party.
The court, therefore, nullified the earlier suspension and all actions taken against Com. Julius Abure and the party as a result of the purported suspension.
Following the judgment, Comrade Julius Abure commended the team of justices for their sound judgement of the case. He also appreciated the team of lawyers led by GC Igbokwe, SAN for their selfless service.
Com. Julius Abure showed gratitude to obedients who stood by him during the trial. He said, “I thank the Obidient movement who tarry with me while the impostor lasted”. GC Igbokwe, SAN the counsel to Com. Julius Abure praised the judgment and reaffirmed that Com. Julius Abure, Esq position as the national chairman of the Labour Party remains until the party convention holds.
President Aigbokhan, Esq lead counsel to Labour Party said the decision of the Court of Appeal has put an end to party leadership tussles and would serve as a deterrent to individuals posing as factional leaders.
According to him, “it is a landmark judgement that will stand the test of time. Anybody still associating with impostors parading as factional leaders of the party does so at their own peril. Political parties must remain watchdog of national conscience.”