I didn’t endorse peter obi to contest any election – National Chairman of Labour Party (LP), Lamidi Apapa

In a recent development with far-reaching implications, Lamidi Apapa, the National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), has asserted his authority over the upcoming governorship elections in Kogi, Bayelsa, and Imo states in Nigeria. Apapa has declared that only candidates endorsed by him will be allowed to participate in the elections scheduled for November 11th.

This announcement follows a significant legal development wherein a court of appeal ruled against the leadership of the Julius Abure-led faction of the Labour Party. The court directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognize the governorship candidates chosen by Apapa’s faction for the forthcoming elections.

Speaking at a press conference held in Abuja on August 24th, Apapa addressed the situation. He highlighted the legal context by referencing a previous ruling by the FCT High Court on April 5th. This court order restrained Abure and his associates from representing themselves as national officers of the party. In response, the party took action by appointing Apapa, the Deputy National Chairman, as the acting national chairman, in accordance with its constitution.

In light of this, the party, under Apapa’s leadership, communicated with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to revise the date of the primary election. The primary had been initially scheduled by Abure for April 15th. However, despite the restraining order against him, Abure proceeded to conduct primary elections for the governorship candidates in Imo, Kogi, and Bayelsa on the dates initially set.

Adding to the complexity of the situation, a candidate who participated in the primaries organized by Abure took legal action, contesting the legitimacy of Apapa’s candidates. This individual argued that the candidates endorsed by Abure were the legitimate ones. The legal battle that ensued reached the Federal High Court in Owerri Division, which ultimately ruled in favor of the primaries conducted by Apapa’s faction. This ruling deemed Apapa’s candidates to be the authentic ones, with the court citing Abure’s disregard for the restraining order during his candidate screening and primary election process.

The unfolding scenario underscores the intricate nature of party politics, legal wrangling, and power struggles in Nigeria’s political landscape. Apapa’s assertion of control over the upcoming governorship elections carries significant implications for the political dynamics of the affected states and the broader national political discourse. As the November 11th elections draw closer, all eyes will be on how these events continue to unfold and influence the political course of the country.