On Thursday, Julius Abure, the national chairman of the Labour Party, and three other national executive members made their return to the party secretariat.
The development comes one month after Justice Hamza Muazu of the Federal High Court in Abuja forbade them from posing as national party officers.
The judge decided that Abure, his National Secretary Alhaji Farouk Ibrahim, National Organising Secretary Clement Ojukwu, and another party executive should no longer be recognized.
The injunction was obtained following James Ogwu Onoja SAN’s ex-parte appeal, in which he informed the court that the concerned national officials were accused of forging multiple FCT High Court documents in order to conduct illegal substitutions in the just-concluded 2023 general election.
He added that these documents, which the party leaders allegedly used to commit crimes, included receipts, seals, and court declarations.
Speaking to reporters at a global press conference in Abuja on Thursday, Abure said that all suspended national executive members have officially returned to the secretariat as a result of a plea for stay at the Court of Appeal.
The LP national chairman reaffirmed that the party had no group, in contrast to the rumors spreading.
He said, “I and my colleagues have now fully accepted our constitutional responsibilities as National Officers of the party. We have appealed and filed a motion for a stay, which has been served on the judge.
“It has become necessary for me to participate in this press conference in order to correctly put the legal concerns involving the party leadership in appropriate perspective. It is important to emphasize unequivocally that there is no faction in the Labour Party. It has only one leadership and that leadership is the National Working Committee led by myself, Barrister Julius Abure.”
Abure continued by lamenting how the Lamidi Apapa-led group broke into the party secretariat while acting in accordance with the alleged restraining order issued by the FCT High Court.
He further pointed out that, in their desperation, the disappointed party members had not the forbearance to wait for the decision of the final ruling before installing themselves as national officers of the party.