Lamidi Apapa, chairman of the national faction of the Labor Party (LP), has said that God delivered him from the mob at the Abuja Court of Appeal.
His faction stormed the courtroom on Wednesday to demand a pre-trial of Peter Obi’s presidential election petitions court challenging the 2023 presidential election.
Speaking to news reporters after he was booed and thrown out of court, Apapa thanked God for saving his life.
Shortly after he was released from protective custody by security personnel, the LP chief said he sensed trouble before the court proceedings began because Akin Osuntokun, director-general of Obi’s campaign organization, refused to vacate the chair reserved for the chairman of the party.
Apapa said; “I went to him and asked him who he was sitting in the seat. I told him that since I am in court today, I am the right person to sit in that chair.”
Speaking of the siege, Apapa said: “They jumped on me, took my hat off, and I’m pretty sure that if you (reporters) weren’t there, I would be dead by now.”
He dismissed claims that he collected 500 million guilders to undermine Obi’s petition against President-elect Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Apapa also accused the LP standard-bearer of knowing he would be attacked, revealing that members of the party’s presidential campaign brokered peace between the warring factions at a meeting on Tuesday and vowed to deal with him if he appeared in court.
He said; “They threatened that if I went to court, something would happen.
“I want to tell the whole world that he is a liar. I have been in the party for more than 21 years, and he has been in the party for less than a year.
“I’ve never taken any kobo from anyone, I’ve challenged anyone with evidence to bring it up.
“Apart from money, what else does he (Obi) have that I don’t have?”.