Abure, Apapa LP factions clash as Obi’s petition against Tinubu resumes hearing
Tensions ran high at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal as the Julius Abure and Lamidi Apapa factions of the Labour Party (LP) engaged in a heated clash during the courtroom proceedings.
Before the arrival of judges, Apapa had tried to claim the seat reserved for the Abure faction, sparking resistance and intensifying the confrontation between the rival groups.
As the doors to the courtroom opened, marking the beginning of the session, the Abure and Apapa factions fiercely contested their right to represent the Labour Party.
Despite the presence of LP’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, the justices refused to acknowledge any other representatives.
Apapa and National Women’s Leader, Dudu Manugu attempted to assert their authority and make an appearance for the party as the petition was called. However, their efforts were swiftly dismissed by Justice Haruna Tsamani, who stated that only one representation would be recognized.
Outside the courtroom, a crowd gathered, obstructing journalists from interviewing the Apapa-led faction. Chants of “ole” (thief) and derogatory remarks filled the air, heightening the tension.
In an attempt to restore order, the police intervened, working to disperse the determined protesters who pursued Apapa, preventing him from accessing his vehicle and leaving the premises.