The Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City has affirmed Comrade Julius Abure as the National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), as Parallel Facts can authoritatively report.
In the case of Mr. Lucky Shaibu v. Julius Abure and 5 ORS (Appeal No. CA/B/93/2023), His Lordships Justice Theresa Ngolika Orji Abadua JCA, Fatima Omoro Akinbami JCA, and Hon. Justice Sybil O. Nwaka-Gbagi JCA, in a unanimous decision, dismissed the appeal of the Appellant.
A statement issued by LP spokesman Obiora Ifoh on Monday explained that “one Lucky Shauibu, who claimed to be a member of the Labour Party in Ward 3 Executive in Esan North East of Edo State, suspended the chairman of the Labour Party.
“In her lead judgment, Justice Theresa Ngolika Orji Abadua JCA affirmed the decision of the High Court of Edo State and held that one man cannot suspend the national chairman of the Labour Party in line with Articles 13 and 17 of the Constitution of the Party and the extant Electoral Act of 2022, particularly when the appellant has been described by the party as unknown.
“The court unanimously nullified the earlier suspension and all actions taken against Com. Julius Abure and the party arising from the purported suspension.”
Reacting to the judgment, Comrade Julius Abure eulogized the judgment and the team of justices “who refused to close their eyes to the justice of the case”.
According to Abure, “I thank the Obidient Movement, who tarried with me while the impostor lasted”.
He also expressed gratitude to the group of selfless attorneys under the direction of his lead counsel, GC Igbokwe, SAN.
Igbokwe applauded the judgment and restated that Com. Julius Abure, Esq., remains the national chairman of the Labour Party until the party convention holds.
President Aigbokhan, Esq., lead counsel to the Labour Party, said the decision of the Court of Appeal has given rest to the battle for the soul of the party.
According to him, “it is a landmark judgment that will stand the test of time. Anyone still associating with impostors parading as factional leaders of the party does so at their own peril. Political parties must remain watchdogs of national conscience”.