Lamidi Apapa, who purportedly usurped the chairmanship position of the Labour Party, following a questionable court order suspending Julius Abure on allegations of corruption, was on Wednesday ostracized by party members and later mobbed by youths, who were at the Presidential Election Tribunal to witness proceedings in the petition that Mr. Obi filed to challenge the outcome of the presidential election held on February 25.
This happened as Apapa came out of the courtroom to address the media after the Justice Haruna Tsammani-led five-member panel adjourned the pre-hearing of the petition till Friday.
He positioned himself before the waiting cameras, after Peter Obi’s lead counsel, Dr. Livy Uzoukwu (SAN), finished speaking to newsmen on what transpired during the court session.
As Apapa was getting ready to take questions, some youths, suspected to be supporters of the Labour Party, pushed him away from the cameras, saying he lacked the right to speak for the party.
In the commotion that ensued, with Apapa being pushed back and forth by the aggrieved youths, his ‘agbada’ was torn even as someone snatched his cap from his head.
It took the intervention of armed security operatives to pull the factional LP, who appeared helpless, away from the mob.
He was subsequently taken into protective custody by policemen attached to the court.
It had been alleged by the majority of LP supporters that Apapa is a mole, who is being sponsored to destroy the Labour Party and the Obidient Movement.
Earlier, inside the court room he and his were also ostracized by Labour Party and they wiped out his Apapa’s attempt to announce himself as a representative of the party.
He was also denied the chance to seat near Obi by members of the party led by a man that was identified as the LP’s National Youth Leader.
When Apapa saw 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.
Recall that Mr Obi had said recently that the Labour Party chairman remains Abure, and that he does not know Apapa.
He said this on Arise TV.