The leadership crisis rocking the Labour Party has continued to deepen as the Court of Appeal sitting in Owerri, Imo State, on Thursday, sacked Julius Abure, as the National Chairman of the party.
It also sacked the gubernatorial candidate of the party in Imo state for the November poll, Sen. Athan Achonu, and others belonging to the Abure-led LP faction.
This is as the apex court affirmed Lamido Apapa as the National Chairman of the Labour Party.
The court also ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission to immediately recognize and publish the names of all the governorship candidates produced by the Apapa-led National Working Committee in Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi states.
Persecondnews recalls that the LP had in April suspended Apapa as the acting National Chairman (South) and some other officials, for “anti-party activities, contravening the constitution of the party and running of parallel leadership and putting the party in total disrepute.”
The factional acting chairman had rejected his suspension from the party, saying he is still in charge and has the recognition of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He said the suspension was null and void because the National Chairman, Abure, did not have the legal authority to convene the National Executive Committee meeting of the party.
Few days after, a Federal Capital Territory High Court issued an order restraining Julius Abure from parading himself as the LP’s national chairman.
However, on August 14, a Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, Edo State, affirmed Abure as the National Chairman.