Presidential Poll: Drama as Apapa storm court, clash with Obi’s LP supporters

There was mild drama at the Presidential Election Petition Court, PEPC, on Wednesday, as the factional National Chairman of the Labour Party, Lamidi Apapa, clashed with members of the party loyal to its presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi.

Apapa, who is currently entangled in a legal dispute with Executives of the LP that conducted the primary election that produced Obi as flag-bearer of the party, stormed the court with some of his supporters.

Immediately the main door to the court room was opened, Apapa made his way to the line of chairs reserved for dignitaries and the petitioners.

Obi was already seated by the time Apapa attempted to take possession of one of the seats but was blocked by members of the party led by a man that was identified as the LP’s National Youth Leader.

When the factional LP Chairman noted that despite his spirited effort, he would not be allowed to sit close to Obi, he relocated to the line of chairs reserved for members of the public.

Immediately the court commenced sitting and the case was called up, Apapa stood up and announced himself as the National Chairman of the LP.

However, the Justice Haruna Tsammani led five-member panel said it would not record his presence in view of the leadership crisis rocking the party.

The court has adjourned further pre-hearing session on Obi’s petition till Friday.

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