I Intend To Attend Tribunal Pre-Hearing On Obi’s Petition Again – Apapa

Apapa said he should to be trusted by all party members having been there for 21 years.

FILE PHOTO of Lamidi Apapa


The factional leader of the Labour Party (LP), Lamidi Apapa says he intends to attend the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal again on Friday, May 19. 

“I intend to go,” he said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Thursday when asked whether he planned to attend the Tribunal again following his rejection on Wednesday.

“May be by the next one, I will be recognised,” Apapa stated.

Apapa also said that he went to the Tribunal on Wednesday to assert his authority as the acting National Chairman of the party.



Following a court order stopping the National Chairman of the party, Julius Abure and other party executives from parading as leaders, Apapa has been claiming right to the chairmanship position but majority of the party members don’t recognise him as such.

The drama in the leadership tussle took another dimension on Wednesday as Apapa was booed out of the Tribunal after his failed attempt to to represent the party at the Tribunal.

“I was at the Tribunal yesterday to assert my authority as the Acting National Chairman of the party. When I got there, there was a seat provided for the chairman of the party. I moved down to see Mr Osuntokun and told him that since I am there, he is not supposed to be there.”

Apapa, however, said he was not recognised, hence, the scuffle at the Tribunal.

Apapa said he voted for LP’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi in Ibadan and he won in his polling unit. “The way I campaign for me Obi, may God reward me,” he said.

Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Council, Tanko Yunusa, said Apapa is not acting in the interest of Obi and the Nigerian people.

“Let me just explain that what Mr Apapa is trying to do is to have a coup d’état against the will and the interest of the Nigerian people especially that of the Labour Party.

“That also shows you that they are not interested. They came with the intention of causing drama in court,” Tanko said.