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LP faction, representative’s clash at election petition tribunal

Drama as LP factions clash at election tribunal

Drama As Abure, Apapa’s LP Camps Clash At Presidential Tribunal

The Presidential Election Petition court on Wednesday refused to recognise any representative of the Labour Party except the 1st petitioner, Peter Obi who was in court.

The court presided over by Justice Haruna Tsammani reached the decision having been possibly intimated that there was a disagreement between two factions of the party before the court resumed proceedings.

When the matter was called, Obi stood up to announce his appearance followed by Dudu Manuga, the National Women’s Leader of the Party who sat close to Obi.

It all began when Lamidi Apapa, factional chairman of the party, walked into the court premises alongside some of his supporters.

Apapa, who is locked in a battle with Julius Abure, suspended chairman of the party, had arrived at the court for the case of a petition which Peter Obi, Presidential Candidate of the party, filed against the victory of President-elect Bola Tinubu.

Earlier on, factions of the Labour Party could be sighted at the PEPC, engaging in a war of words over which faction is the authentic one.

The Lamidi Apapa-led faction of the LP was challenging why members of the party loyal to Julius Abure were in the court.

They asserted that the ruling of a High Court of the FCT, suspending the Abure-led faction, remains.

The court rose on the last adjourned date for the continuation of the pre-hearing of Peter Obi’s petition.

The drama which could have interfered with today’s proceedings appears to have been arrested with this intervention.

Amid the drama that erupted during the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, court adjourned the hearing till Friday, May 19, the pre-hearing of the petition by the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, against the President-elect, Bola Tinubu.

The tribunal, headed by Justice Haruna Tsammani, fixed the date following failure of parties to agree on documents among other reasons.

 

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