In a dramatic turn of events at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, Lamidi Apapa, the factional national chairman of the Labour Party of Nigeria, narrowly escaped being lynched by angry supporters of the party. The incident took place within the premises of the Abuja Division of the Appeal Court and was captured in a viral video circulating on social media.
As the court dismissed the names put forward as representatives of the party, Apapa attempted to identify himself as the national chairman of the opposition party. This action sparked a wave of anger among the Labour Party supporters present, who booed and called him a thief.
In response to the escalating situation, police operatives swiftly intervened and managed to smuggle Apapa out of the court to ensure his safety. The chaotic scene created in the courtroom did not sit well with the five-man panel of the court, led by Justice Haruna Tsammani. They expressed their displeasure and made it clear that they would not recognize anyone claiming to represent the Labour Party.
The incident highlights the intensity and emotional charged atmosphere surrounding the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal. It also underscores the deep divisions and internal strife within the Labour Party. While the court continues its proceedings, it is essential for all parties involved to maintain decorum and respect the rule of law.
The security of individuals, regardless of their affiliations, is of utmost importance. It is crucial for law enforcement agencies to provide adequate protection to all participants, ensuring a fair and safe environment for the resolution of election-related disputes.
As the tribunal moves forward, it is hoped that all parties will find common ground and respect the decisions and rulings of the court. The pursuit of justice must be conducted in a peaceful manner, upholding the principles of fairness and impartiality.
The incident involving Lamidi Apapa serves as a reminder of the challenges and tensions inherent in the electoral process. It is essential for all stakeholders to work towards a peaceful and transparent electoral system that promotes unity and fosters trust among the electorate