The National Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and trustee member of the Labour Party (LP), Joe Ajaero, has declared that Julius Abure remains the recognised National Chairman of the party.
Recalls that a High Court in Benin had restrained anybody from removing the embattled party chairman, while another court of cognate jurisdiction, an FCT High Court, granted an interim order, restraining Abure from parading himself as the party chairman.
Ajaero, during an interview with journalist on Sunday, hinted that the NLC would seek an interpretation of the two court orders over the position of the national chairman of the Labour Party.
The NLC President said that the ruling given by the FCT High Court was an interim order that could be vacated at any time, adding that going by order of Benin High Court, Abure remains the chairman.
Ajaero stated that it was a belief in many quarters that the Acting National Chairman, Lamidi Apapa, was sponsored to scuttle the court matter at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
He said the NLC recognises Abure as the Labour Party as authentic chairman, adding that the two court orders need interpretation.
The NLC President said the same court would give the Union further explanation on their pronouncement, adding that the NLC will find out whether the FCT High Court will have the capacity to set aside the pronouncement of the Benin High Court.
Similarly, the state Chairmen of the Labour Party, LP, on Friday, dismissed the purported removal of Julius Abure as national chairman.
They said the embattled National Chairman remains recognised, condemning the seal of the party’s secretariat as well as the takeover by thugs on Thursday, NAN reports.
The National Working Committee (NWC) is a subordinate organ to the National Executive Committee (NEC), according to Ogbaloi Kelly, LP Chairman in Edo.
The Labour Party stalwart said when a faction decides to take laws into its hands, it becomes a nullity, adding that those trying to occupy the head office have been on suspension.
“The 36 state chairmen have come to retake their possession. These miscreants who took over the office do not have the authority.”
Ogbaloi Kelly recalled that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) affirmed Abure in their communique, urging Nigerians to disregard the sack.