An Edo State High Court presided over by Justice Emmanuel Okey Aihamoje has dismissed the notice of suspension issued against the embattled national chairman of the Labour Party (LP), Barrister Julius Abure.
Abure was issued a notice of suspension by some members of his Ward 3 executive in Esan North East local government area.
The action was filed by Abure and some other executives of the Ward.
Justice Aihamoje in his judgement said the party ward executive in Ward 3 lacks the power under the LP constitution, particularly Articles 17 & 19 and the Electoral Act 2022 as amended to remove the National Chairman of the party.
The judge in Suit No: HUC/21/2023 imposed an injunction against removing or suspending Abure as the National chairman until the national convention of the party is convened.
Justice Aihamoje further stated that the purported ward 3 executive who suspended the national chairman of the party acted outside the powers vested on it by the party’s constitution.
The Ward 3 LP chairman, Comrade Thompson Ehiguese while reacting to the judgement said it has put an end to the antics of those he said were masquerading as members of the Labour Party in his ward.
On his part, the state chairman of LP, Comrade Kelly Ogbaloi said the party is vindicated and the “court has spoken through its erudite justice, Hon. Justice Emmanuel Okey Aihamoje and it confirmed what we told the Nigerian public from the very beginning that Apapa and his cohorts are common tragic power seekers."
"The judgment is to the effect that those who pronounced the suspension of the National Chairman in Abuja did not have the competence in law to do so because the position of the constitution of the party is that the national chairman can only be removed via a convention so if what they did in Abuja was not a convention then it was a total null void and Apapa was further restrained from parading himself as Acting National Chairman.”
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