The Labour Party’s (LP) acting national chairman, Lamidi Apapa, has asked the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to order Julius Abure, the party’s beleaguered national chairman, to leave the national secretariat.
Mr. Apapa also asked for a permanent injunction to stop Mr. Abure and three other suspended national officers from continuing to pose as the party’s national chairman and other officers in a new lawsuit he filed before Justice Ahmed Mohammed.
Mr Apapa; Lawal Saleh, acting national secretary; Anslem Eragbe, national youth leader and LP are the first to fourth plaintiffs in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/777/23 and filed by their lawyer, Anderson Asamota.
The plaintiffs had sued Mr Abure as suspended national chairman; Farouk Umaru, suspended national secretary; Ojukwu Clement, suspended organising secretary; Oluci Opara, suspended national treasurer and IGP as first to fifth defendants, respectively.
In the latest case dated June 1, the plaintiffs sought nine reliefs which include “an order setting aside or nullifying all steps or proceedings conducted by the first to fourth defendants, actions or decisions taken, documents or correspondences prepared, authored, signed and issued by them, after they were restrained by the FCT High Court on April 5 and suspended by the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Labour Party on May 3, 2023.
“An order of mandatory injunction directing or compelling the 1st to 4th defendants, whether acting by themselves or through their officers, privies, representatives, attorneys and/or agents, to render account of all monies or funds received by them through gift, donations, contributions for and on behalf of the party and return or refund all the monies or gift received by them for and on behalf of the party.”
The plaintiff, who prayed the court to eject Mr Abure and the three co-defendants from the party’s national secretariat at No. 2, IBM Haruna Street, Utako, Abuja, described them as “illegal occupants.”