Court of Appeal upholds Julius Abure as Labour Party chairman, overturns High Court decision, fines Apapa N1m

Abure and Apapa

The Court of Appeal in Abuja has upheld Julius Abure as the chairman of the Labour Party (LP), overturning a previous decision by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court. 

The Appellate Court ruled that the high court had wrongly assumed jurisdiction in the matter, setting aside its decision that restrained Abure and two others from acting as national officers of the party.

In a judgement delivered by Justice Hamma Barka, the Appellate Court awarded costs of One million Naira in favor of Abure against the respondent, Lamidi Apapa. The court found that Abure's appeal had merit and allowed it, effectively reinstating him as the legitimate chairman of the LP.

The legal battle between Abure and Apapa escalated following the 2023 presidential election where LP's Peter Obi was announced to have come third. This conflict culminated in Abure's arrest in Benin City on March 21, 2024, on charges of attempted murder, illegal possession of firearms, and related offenses. 

Viral videos during that incident showed Abure being manhandled by police while LP supporters protested his arrest. He was released on bail the next day after demonstrations by LP members.
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