The National Chairman of Labour Party, Julius Abure, and three other executive council members,on Thursday in Abuja declared that they are back as National Chairman of Labour Party and their Return to the Secretariat.
The development is coming one month after they were barred by Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal High Court in Abuja from parading themselves as national officers of the party.
Recall that Justice Hamza Muazu of the federal high court had ruled that Julius Abure, National Secretary, Alhaji Farouk Ibrahim; National Organising Secretary, Clement Ojukwu and one other, should no longer be givenbrecognition as party executives.
The order was granted in an ex-parte application argued by Chief James Ogwu Onoja SAN, in which he informed the court the affected national officers allegedly forged several documents of the FCT High Court to carry out unlawful substitutions in the recently-held 2023 general election.
According to him, such documents included receipts, seals and affidavits the court, which he claimed the party officials used to carry out criminal activities.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, Abure said, “Having appealed and file a motion for a stay which has been served on the judge, I and my colleagues have now fully assumed our constitutional responsibilities as National Officers of the party.
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“It has become imperative for me to address this press conference to properly put the legal issues surrounding the leadership of the party in proper perspectives. It is pertinent to state categorically that Labour Party has no faction. It has only one leadership and that leadership is the National Working Committee led by myself, Barrister Julius Abure.”
Continuing, Abure bemoaned how the party secretariat was burgled by the Lamidi Apapa-led group while acting on the purported restraining order granted.
He also disclosed that the suspended Deputy National Chairman of the party, Apapa Lamidi, failed in its attempt to create a faction in LP.
Abure also revealed that the FCT High Court in Abuja ceases to have jurisdiction over a suit praying for a restraining order over him.
He further noted that out of desperation, the disgruntled party members were not patient enough to wait for the outcome of the final judgment before resorting to appointing themselves as National Officers of the Party.