Labor Party suspends Abure for “anti-party activities”

The crisis rocking the Labor Party (LP) has taken a new turn as the party’s Edo State chapter on Friday suspended the party’s embattled National Chairman, Julius Abure, for alleged anti-party activities.

A letter of suspension dated May 14, 2024 and another letter of ratification dated May 15, 2024, both ratified at a meeting of the state executive committee on Friday night in Benin, said the suspension takes immediate effect.

The letters show that Abure has been suspended from the party in Arue-Uromi Ward 3, Esan North East Local Government Area of ​​Edo State, for alleged presumption and anti-party activities.

However, in a swift reaction, the National Publicity Secretary of the LP, Obiora Ifoh, said Daily trust that he was aware of the development and that the action of the antagonists could not be sustained, being contrary to the Constitution of the LP.

The executives who suspended Abure said their action was a consequence of rigorous deliberation by ward members who cited the latter’s “arrogance and anti-party activities in the administration of the party and countless other accusations of fraud leveled against you, which are (currently) under investigation.”

“While the suspension has immediate effect, you are advised to refrain from retaining or displaying a member of the Labor Party, Ward 3, Arue, Uromi in Ean North East LGA, Edo State,” the letter read.

The suspension letter was signed by the district president, Thompson Ehiguese and the district secretary, Stanley Usiomoh.

Furthermore, the letter ratifying his suspension was sent to the party’s State Executive Committee through the State Chairman by the party’s North East Esan Local Government Chairman, Patrick Onogbeni, and LGA Secretary, Ehikioya Eromosele.

The letters read in parts: “The LGA Executive met today, 15 May 2024, around midday, to consider the matters raised regarding the suspension and accordingly considered them important and the suspension was ratified and confirmed.

“The state executive committee examined the letters, along with the issues contained therein, and upheld Abure’s suspension.

“With the ratification of his suspension, the basis of his national party presidency has been vitiated and, by implication, he is suspended as national party president.”

They cannot suspend Abure -Ifoh
Ifoh said article 17(1) of the 2019 Labor Party constitution is clear: only the National Convention convened solely for the purpose of removing the National President with a two-thirds majority can suspend or remove the president.

“The district, LG or even the state has no power to suspend the National President. An Edo High Court has also ruled on this matter. Likewise, a Court of Appeals has ruled on this matter.

“This dimension is a continuation of the attack on the person of Abure as seen during the gubernatorial primaries. It will also be nothing and will not disturb us,” Ifoh said.