In a dramatic turn of events, the Bashiru Lamidi Apapa faction of the Labour Party was reportedly disgraced out of the Presidential Election Petition Court on Wednesday morning. The faction, which is aligned with the suspended National Chairman of the party, Mr Julius Abure, clashed with the court during the proceedings.
The court, which is currently hearing a case related to the party’s national leadership, refused to recognize either faction. This decision appears to have fueled tensions between the two groups, resulting in the altercation.
The Labour Party has since claimed that the Apapa faction was attempting to “truncate” the court hearing. In a tweet on its official handle, the party accused the faction of attempting to appear as a representative of the party at the hearing, despite being a “rebel” group.
The tweet reads, “Rebel former Deputy National Chairman of Labour Party, Lamidi Apapa made true his threat to truncate the Presidential Election Tribunal by attempting to appear as a representative of the @NgLabour at the ongoing hearing but was refused by the Tribunal. He was thoroughly disgraced”.
The incident has raised concerns about the stability of the Labour Party, which has been beset by internal divisions in recent months. The party’s leadership has been in flux since the suspension of Mr Abure, with different factions vying for control.
This latest incident at the Presidential Election Petition Court is likely to further exacerbate tensions within the party. It remains to be seen how the leadership will respond to this latest challenge to its authority.
The Labour Party has long been a major force in Nigerian politics, particularly in the area of workers’ rights. However, its recent internal struggles have raised questions about its ability to remain a viable political force in the years ahead.
As the party continues to grapple with these challenges, many are calling for a renewed focus on unity and a shared vision for the future. Only time will tell whether the Labour Party can rise to this challenge and emerge stronger from its current struggles.