The crisis rocking Labour Party took a new dimension on Thursday as a faction of the party sacked the embattled national chairman, Julius Abure.
After ejecting Abure, the faction held an emergency National Working Committee (NWC) meeting…… CONTINUE READING
The Deputy National Chairman of the party (South), Mr. Lamidi Apapa, presided over the meeting, saying he was in charge since a court had restrained Abure and three others from parading themselves as national officers of the party.
The meeting reinstated the Executive Council members from Ogun, Rivers, and Gombe earlier sacked by the Abure-led faction.
During the meeting, Lamidi also reversed the suspension of Eragbe Anslem as the National Youth Leader and Yomi Arabambi as the National Publicity Secretary.
However, in an earlier statement, the embattled Abure said that thugs broke into LP national headquarters and chased away workers.
According to him, a detachment of the Police accompanied the thugs believed to be working for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“The invaders who are armed reportedly pulled down the fences, burglaries, doors and window to have access to our Secretariat and in the process sacked workers and party members who were at the secretariat.
“Though, I was out of town but information has it that the agenda of the invaders was to inaugurate an illegitimate executive which has been chosen for them by their sponsors. This incident is coming days after a similar invasion in our Imo state Secretariat which up till now is still being occupied by the agents of the Imo state government.
“Labour Party is only a political party which is contesting for power. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC having conducted election ranked us third, a position we have rejected and have approached the Tribunal to contest. That is our only offence.
“We therefore call on President Muhammadu Buhari to call his party, the APC to order and also rein then in from using unorthodox means to suffocate political structures in Nigeria.
“A court of competent jurisdiction only yesterday ordered that I, Julius Abure remain the National Chairman, and should not be restrained from performing my duties, it therefore baffles me why the Nigerian Police should allow itself to be used to perpetrate illegalities,” Abure said.
Meanwhile, supporters of Peter Obi-presidential candidate of the Labour Party, have expressed fear, that the new faction of the party may withdraw the party’s suit challenging the election of Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Election Tribunal.
Some of the Obi’s supporters who took to social media to express their fears, accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for instigating the crisis in Labour Party to frustrate the case in the Presidential Election Tribunal.
“The guy who wants to impose himself on Labour Party as its new Chairman wants to withdraw the case at the presidential election Tribunal and also expel Obi.
” Drama is coming,” one of the Obi’s ‘supporters”, Malachy Odo, tweeted.
“They’re f*cking terrified of this case lol. You don’t attempt these stunts if you’re sure of yourself,” prominent journalist and prominent supporter of Obi, David Hundeyin, said in a response to Odo’s tweet.
On fears that such withdrawal of the case by Labour Party would foreclose the case at the tribunal, a Twitter user, @nadisodogwu, said :” The good thing is that PO has already contested the elections and can solely challenge the elections. A little too late; but again, fear Nigerian judges.”….. CONTINUE READING