The 36 state chairmen of the Labour Party have stated that the current leadership issue is not about Julius Abure, the party’s embattled national chairman, but rather is an attempt to thwart Peter Obi’s chances of winning the presidential election tribunal.
The post-election crisis in the Labour Party took another dimension on Thursday after a faction of the party, which was headed by the National Vice-Chairman of the party (South), Lamidi Apapa, emerged. Apapa claimed to have been inaugurated as the Acting National Chairman of the party.
Speaking on the crisis bedevilling the party on Friday, the Nasarawa State Chairman of the Labour Party, Alexander Ombugu, who spoke on behalf of all the 36 states chairmen in the country, said in spite of the challenges that Abure was facing, they would continue to remain loyal and committed to his leadership.
He said, “We are aware that the present crisis in the Labour Party is being sponsored by other political parties to spoil the chances of our party in the ongoing presidential election tribunal so that Mr Peter Obi will lose focus in continuing with the case.
“The other political parties know that he won the February 25 Presidential election with a landslide but the irregularities which occurred during the electioneering process including the non-transmission of results to the Independent National Electoral Commission results viewing portal, made another candidate to be announced as the winner of the election.
“And because they know that the court is the last hope of the common man, and seeing that we are hopeful to reclaim our mandate, they decided to come up with all these plans by sponsoring some persons to cause disaffection in the Labour party.
“But we want to let them know today, that no matter what they do, we will continue to remain loyal to our National Chairman, Mr Julius Abure, and give him the needed support to take our party to greater heights. So, we are calling on all our supporters across the country to remain committed to the growth of the party and not be deterred by the activities of those who are sponsored to cause setbacks in the party.”
The Nasarawa State LP Chairman urged the security agencies not to allow themselves to be used by avaricious and desperate politicians who do not have the best interests of the country in mind, while also urging the judiciary to carry on with its commitment to providing justice in a fair and impartial manner despite the difficulties.
“At a time like this, members of the judiciary and security agencies are likely to face intimidation from politicians who are greedy and desperate. We want to urge them to continue to discharge their duties according to the laws guarding their professions because we all have to put Nigeria first in everything we are doing,” Ombugu added.
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