JUST IN: Court lifts suspension on Julius Abure and other Labour Party executives

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A High Court in Abuja has granted an order of stay execution on the suspension of Julius Abure, Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), and others.

This was according to the ruling of Justice Hamza Muazu on Friday, May 19, 2023.

Those who had their suspension lifted are the National Organising Secretary, Clement Ojukwu and National Treasurer, Oluchi Opara.

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The plaintiffs in the case are Martins Esikpali John; Lucky Shaibu; Isah Zekeri; Omogbai Frank; Abokhaiu Aliu; Ayohkaire Lateef; John Elomah and Dr Ayobami Arabambi.

The plaintiffs had in an ex-parte motion, marked M/7082/2023, sought the removal of Abure and the three other national officers of the party which the judge granted order of suspension

The judge after listening to arguments from parties granted the order for stay execution pending the determination of the appeal filed by the defendants.

Recalls that Muazu had on April 5 issued an interim injunction stopping Abure, Ibrahim, Ojukwu and Opara, from parading themselves as national officers of LP.

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This was contained in an ex-parte motion, marked M/7082/2023, brought before the court by the eight plaintiffs.

During Friday sitting, the defendants told the court that they have a notice of appeal pending at the court of appeal.

After many arguments from the parties, the judge granted order for a stay on the suspension.

Friday’s ruling puts a hold on the parade by Acting National Chairman, Lamidi Apapa, who has been struggling to assert his authority on the party since Mr Abure’s travails.

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