Lamidi Apapa, the factional national chairman of the Labour Party (LP) has been in the limelight in the last few weeks.
Apapa, who is laying claim to being the legal chairperson of the LP, was booed while he was on the premises of the Appeal Court recently.
The Oyo-born politician, however, showed up at the appellate court again on Friday, May 19, 2023, insisting he won’t give up on his position.
He showed up without any of the loyalists from the faction he leads and sat at the back of the court rather than with the representatives of the LP.
A court had earlier pronounced Apapa as the authentic national chairman of the LP, a ruling rejected by the Julius Abure-led faction of the party.
Abure is the national chairman recognised by the state chapters of the LP and the party’s candidates nationwide.
He also has the support of the LP’s presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections and former governor of Anambra state, Mr Peter Obi.
Apapa is, however, not deterred by the support his rival has from members of the party, insisting that he will reclaim his position soon.
Meanwhile, checks by News.ng indicate that Apapa has been a Labour Party chieftain for over a decade and a grounded member of the Nigeria Labour Congress.
His previous position includes:
1). Former chairman, Petroleum Tankers Drivers Association (Ibadan branch)
2). Former chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Oyo state chapter
3). Oyo state LP governorship candidate in the 2007 general elections
4). Former member, LP Board Of Trustees, Oyo state
5). Former National Working Committee member of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers
6). Former LP Deputy National Chairman (south)
While Apapa is known for his long-standing LP membership, it is unclear if he supports Obi’s presidential ambition.