By Gideon Adonai
There was a dramatic atmosphere on Wednesday morning at the presidential election tribunal over who is the authentic representative of the Labour Party in the petition against the election of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
At last week’s pre-hearing proceedings, the Labour Party was represented by the National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, although the suspended National Chairman, Julius Abure, has always been in court but has never announced an appearance.
However, at Wednesday’s proceedings, the self-acclaimed Acting National Chairman, Mr Lamidi Apapa, for the first time came to court in the company of his supporters.
He however sat far away from Mr Peter Obi, who sits next to the suspended National Chairman, Mr Abure.
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Sighting each other, the Lamidi Apapa-led faction of the LP questioned why members of the party loyal to the Julius Abure were in the court.
They insist that the ruling of a High Court of the FCT, suspending the Abure-led faction remains in force, consequently, they have no business being in Court this Wednesday morning.
At today’s pre-hearing session, the panel is expected to receive a report on the harmonization of parties’ processes and modalities for the hearing of the petition.
Lamidi Apapa Arrested at the Appeal Court of Presidential Election Tribunal earlier today.
Obidients around the premise booed the thief who want to toy with Mr Peter Obi's mandate. pic.twitter.com/Yz2jNUxgJf
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