Labour Party NWC disowns suspension of Chairman Abure

The National Working Committee of the Labour Party, (LP) has distanced itself from the suspension of its national chairman, Barrister Julius Abure.

According to a statement by the national publicity secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh, the NWC described the reported suspesion as ‘fake’.

Ifoh said the ward chairman of the party, Thompson Ehiguese, lacked the powers under the constitution of the party to either remove or suspend a national chairman.

He also said that Ehiguese had debunked the purported suspension in a viral video, insisting that the ward leadership is loyal to the chairman and also very much aware that it lacks the powers to either remove or suspend a national chairman.

The statement reads in part; “Court of Appeal, Benin Division on the 14th day of August 2023 presided over by Justice Theresa Ngolika Orji-Abadua in a case brought before it by Lucky Shaibu and others against Julius Abure and others corroborated with the judgement of the lower court in their ruling that the National Chairman of the Labour Party cannot be suspended or removed by the Ward executive”.

He added that the Labour Party leadership is investigating the source of the purported letter of suspension and will summarily act in accordance with the party rules in disciplining any officer of the party found guilty of contravening the rules of the party.