Court of Appeal Upholds Abure as LP Chair, Ordered 1m Fine against Apapa


The Court of Appeal in Abuja has upheld his position of Abure as the Chairman of the Labour Party (LP).

This decision overturns a previous ruling by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court, which had restrained Abure and two others from holding leadership positions within the party.

Justice Hamma Barka, delivering the judgment, emphasized that the high court had overstepped its jurisdiction.

The appellate court also imposed a fine of One million Naira on Lamidi Apapa, his opponent in the legal battle.

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The legal dispute stemmed from the aftermath of the 2023 presidential election, where LP’s candidate, Peter Obi, secured third place. Since then, Abure and Apapa have been embroiled in a lengthy legal feud over the party’s chairmanship.

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Recalled,On March 21, 2024, he was apprehended in Benin City by law enforcement officers. Viral videos circulated showing Abure being subjected to police force, while LP supporters vehemently opposed his arrest.

The police alleged Abure of several serious charges, including attempted murder and illegal possession of firearms. Nevertheless, after widespread protests by LP members, Abure was released on bail the following day.

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