On Wednesday, the Presidential Election Petition Court declined to recognize any representative of the Labour Party other than the first petitioner, Peter Obi, who was there.
The court, presided over by Justice Haruna Tsammani, made the judgment after hearing that there was a disagreement between two sections of the party before the court commenced hearings.
When the matter was called, Obi stood up to announce his appearance followed by Dudu Manuga, the National Women’s Leader of the Party who sat close to Obi.
Meanwhile, Before the court could record Manuga on the list, Lamidi Apapa quickly stood up to announce his appearance as the representative of the Labour Party.
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However, Justice Haruna interjected and said, ” It appears there was a little disagreement… We are not recognizing any representative from the party.”
Earlier on, factions of the Labour Party could be sighted at the PEPC Court, engaging in a war of words over which faction is the authentic one.
The Lamidi Apapa-led faction of the LP was challenging why members of the party loyal to Julius Abure were in the court.
They asserted that the ruling of a High Court of the FCT, suspending the Abure-led faction, remains.
The court rose on the last adjourned date for the continuation of the pre-hearing of Peter Obi’s petition.
The drama which could have interfered with today’s proceedings appears to have been arrested with this intervention.