Justice Hamza Muazu of an Abuja High Court on Friday strengthened the hands of Bashir Apapa as the acting chairman of the troubled Labour Party.
The ruling which stands till 19 May puts in jeopardy, the election petition of the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Apapa as acting chairman had written the Presidential Election Petition Court that the party is withdrawing its case.
On Friday, after the court ruling on whether it has jurisdiction in the case filed by some members of the Labour Party (LP), Apapa declared he is now in charge.
He directed all the party’s lawyers handling its election petition before the presidential election petition court, to within 48 hours brief him on the processes so far.
He said that justice had taken its natural course, saying that the judge acted in line with true justice.
According to him, “with this ruling, there is no doubt that I am in charge. As of today, I am the acting National Chairman of Labour Party”.
Justice Muazu gave his ruling in the suit seeking the removal of the chairman of the party, Julius Abure, the National Organising Secretary, Mr Clement Ojukwu and National Treasurer and Oluchi Opara.
Justice Muazu held that it was no longer the law that the court cannot adjudicate in political parties’ matter.
The judge further held that if the party had been at peace with itself, there would not be any need for the court to interfere in its affairs.
“When there is no crack on the wall, there will not be need for an outsider to come mend it,” he said.