Julius Abure is LP National Chairman, Court Affirms

By Jude Atupulazi

The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, Edo State, has affirmed Comrade Julius Abure as the National Chairman of Labour Party. In the case of Mr. Lucky Shaibu v. Julius Abure& 5 ORS (Appeal No: CA/B/93/2023), His Lordships Justice Theresa Ngolika Orji-Abadua JCA, Fatima OmoroAkinbami JCA and Hon. Justice Sybil O. Nwaka-Gbagi JCA, in a unanimous decision, dismissed the appeal of the appellant.

It will be recalled that one Lucky Shauibu who claimed to be a member of Labour Party in Ward 3 Executive in Esan North East of Edo State suspended the chairman of Labour Party. In his lead judgment Justice Theresa Ngolika Orji Abadua, affirmed the decision of the High Court of Edo State and held that one man could not suspend the National Chairman of Labour Party in line with Article 13 and 17 of the Constitution of the Party and the extant Electoral Act of 2022, particularly when the appellant had been described by the party as unknown.

The court unanimously nullified the earlier suspension and all actions taken against ComradeAbure and the party arising from the purported suspension.

In a swift reaction to the judgment, Comrade Abure praised the judgment and team of justices who, he said, refused to close their eyes to the justice of the case. He also thanked the team of lawyers led by G.C.Igbokwe, SAN.

Com Abure also thanked the Obidient Movement for their solidarity while ‘the impostor lasted’. Igbokwe, the counsel to ComAbure,applauded the judgment and restated that Com Abure remained the national chairman of Labour Party until the party convention would be held.

President Aigbokhan, lead counsel to Labour Party, said the decision of the Court of Appeal had given a rest to the battle for the soul of the party. 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.’