The factional National Chairman of the Labour Party, Lamidi Apapa was on Wednesday mobbed by youths sympathetic to the LP party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi at the Presidential Election Petition Court in Abuja.
Security agents attached to the PEPC had to take Apapa into protective custody to save him from his assailants.
Apapa, who was in court to witness Wednesday’s proceedings, made an attempt to address newsmen after the Justice Haruna Tsammani-led five-member panel adjourned the petition till Friday for a continuation of the pre-hearing session when he was mobbed.
He had 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.
However, just as he was getting set for questions, a group of youths that identified themselves as “Obidients”, pushed him away from the cameras, insisting that he lacked the right to speak for the party.
In the ensuing commotion, Apapa was pushed back and forth by the aggrieved youths, with his ‘Agbada’ torn and his cap removed from his head.
It took the intervention of armed security operatives to pull the factional LP chairman, who appeared helpless, away from the mob and taken into protective custody by policemen attached to the court.
The sympathetic supporter was heard shouting; Ole, Ole “thief, thief” on Lamidi Apapa, he was booed and mocked out of the Presidential Election Petition arena in Abuja.