There was some confusion in court on Friday when a Senior Advocate of Nigeria who is not a member of the Labour Party’s legal team announced an appearance for the party.
The panel of Justices who denied him recognition chastised the senior advocate who did not identify his name for seeking to cause uncertainty, saying that “He should know better” after his explanation that “He was given a brief to appear.”
Meanwhile, while the matter was called and before the drama, the presidential candidate of the LP, Peter Obi announced an appearance for himself and on behalf of the Labour Party.
It could be recalled that factions of the Labour Party clashed in court on Wednesday following the attendance of the Lamidi-Apapa-led group at the proceeding.
According to news report, the confusion erupted at the Presidential Election Petition Court following the sizzling battle over the national leadership of the Labour Party.
Recall that The Federal High Court, Abuja suspended Julius Abure as the National Chairman of the LP.
The court restrained him and four others from parading themselves as national officers of the party over the alleged forgery of documents including court documents.
Following this, Lamidi Apapa took over the mantle as the acting chairman but there has been a crisis in the party since then.
Shortly before the court convened on Wednesday for the resumed proceedings in the pre-hearing of the petition filed by the LP and its presidential candidate against the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, the different factions of the party engaged in a war of words over which faction was the authentic one.
The Apapa-led LP group questioned why members of the party loyal to Abure were in court.
They claimed that the order of the FCT High Court suspending the Abure-led group remained in effect.
When the case was summoned, the PEP court denied recognition to all factions and their representatives save the 1st Petitioner, Obi, who was present.