The National Chairman of Labour Party, Julius Abure, has stated that the party has no faction following his return to the party secretariat in Abuja as the party’s official chairman.
According to The PUNCH, three other national executive members, were said to have resumed with Abure on Thursday.
This comes after one month after they were stopped by Justice Hamza Muazu of Federal High Court in Abuja from parading themselves as national officers of the party.
The judge ruled that Abure, his National Secretary Alhaji Farouk Ibrahim, National Organising Secretary Clement Ojukwu, and another individual should not be recognised as party executives.
The order was issued in response to an ex parte application argued by Chief James Ogwu Onoja (SAN), in which he informed the court that the affected national officers allegedly forged several documents of the FCT High Court in order to conduct illicit substitutions in the recently concluded 2023 general elections.
According to him, such documents included court receipts, court seals, and affidavits, which party officials allegedly used to engage in criminal activity.
However, speaking to journalists at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, Abure proclaimed the official return of all suspended members of the national executive to the secretariat in response to a stay motion filed with the Court of Appeal.
Despite the fact that Bashiru Apapa had taken over as interim National Chairman upon Abure’s suspension, he refuted rumours that the Labour Party had become factionalized.
“It has become imperative for me to address this press conference to properly put the legal issues surrounding the leadership of the party in proper perspectives. It is pertinent to state categorically that Labour Party has no faction. It has only one leadership and that leadership is the National Working Committee led by myself, Barrister Julius Abure,” he said.