In a significant ruling that concludes a long-standing legal dispute within the Labour Party, the Supreme Court has dismissed the case filed by the faction led by Lamidi Apapa, confirming Julius Abure as the authentic National Chairman of the Labour Party.
This decision also solidifies Achonu as the sole gubernatorial candidate for the upcoming Imo State gubernatorial election.
The feud between the two factions had persisted for months, with Lamidi Apapa consistently challenging the legitimacy of Julius Abure’s leadership within the party. Central to this dispute was the candidacy of Achonu, the Labour Party’s candidate for the Imo State gubernatorial election scheduled for November.
Lamidi Apapa’s legal maneuvers aimed to limit the eligibility of gubernatorial candidates in Imo, Kogi, and Bayelsa States to those selected through primary elections conducted under his faction’s auspices, undermining the authority of the Abure faction. This set the stage for a legal showdown that culminated in the Supreme Court’s ruling.
The Supreme Court’s decision not only upholds Julius Abure as the National Chairman but also affirms Achonu as the legitimate gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party in Imo State. This clarity is expected to bring relief to party members and supporters who have been caught in the crossfire of this internal party dispute.
While the details of the Supreme Court’s judgment are yet to be fully disclosed, the ruling marks a turning point for the Labour Party as it prepares for the upcoming gubernatorial elections. The party now faces the task of uniting its members and refocusing its efforts on the electoral contest ahead.
This verdict, with its far-reaching implications, closes a turbulent chapter in the Labour Party’s history. The party now has the opportunity to regroup and present a united front as it vies for political prominence in the forthcoming elections.
Further details regarding the Supreme Court’s reasoning and judgment are expected to be made available in due course, shedding more light on the legal complexities surrounding this case.