LP: 36 State Chairmen Pass Vote Of Confidence In Abure, Reverse Court Order . The Labour Party in Nigeria has been embroiled in a crisis lately with competing claims to the national chairmanship of the party. However, on Saturday, the 36 state chairmen of the party and some members of the National Working Committee passed a vote of confidence in the leadership of Julius Abure, who they recognize as the national chairman of the party. They called on Abure to immediately call for a National Executive Committee meeting.
The crisis started when Lamidi Apapa declared himself as the party’s national chair in the wake of a fresh legal crisis rocking the party. The party’s flag bearer in the February 25 presidential poll, Peter Obi, is challenging the outcome. Apapa’s actions have been deemed illegal by the 36 state chairmen, and they stated that decisions taken by him are null and void. LP: 36 State Chairmen Pass Vote Of Confidence In Abure, Reverse Court Order.
It is worth noting that on Wednesday, a Federal Capital Territory High Court sacked Abure as LP chairman and restrained three others from parading themselves as national officers of the party. This followed an ex-parte application argued by James Onoja. However, on the same day, a State High Court sitting in Benin restrained LP and all its members from suspending any of its national officers until the determination of motion on notice.
Despite the court ruling, the 36 state chairmen of the party have passed a vote of confidence in Abure, insisting that Yomi Arabambi and Anslem Eragbe remain suspended from the party. They also commended the decision of the Trustees of the party, the Nigeria Labour Congress , and the Trade union Congress for standing by Abure and emphasised the need for due process to be followed in the party’s affairs. LP: 36 State Chairmen Pass Vote Of Confidence In Abure, Reverse Court Order.
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The LP crisis is far from over, but the vote of confidence passed in Julius Abure by the 36 state chairmen of the party and some members of the National Working Committee is a significant development. It remains to be seen how the legal battles will play out and what the future holds for the party.
The LP crisis has exposed the deep-seated internal issues of the party. The leadership tussle may affect the party’s chances of emerging as a strong opposition party in the country’s political space. It is crucial for the party leaders to resolve the crisis amicably and put the party on a path of unity and growth.