The Labour Party’s leadership has distanced itself from Amobi Ogah, one of its incoming House of Representatives members, personal evaluation of President Bola Tinubu’s leadership style.
On Thursday, the Abia State representative for the Isuikwuato-Umunneochi Federal Constituency voiced his enthusiasm for Tinubu, saying he had no idea the politician was that intelligent.
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Shortly after the president’s meeting at the State House with the 10th Assembly’s newly elected legislators, Ogah made the announcement.
According to him, He said, “Today is my best day. I’m so happy that I’m an elected member seeing my president talking. In fact, I’ve never known that this man is so intelligent,” he said.
“I never knew that this man is so prepared to serve this country. I saw the love, character, and charisma — the belief that Nigeria can be a better nation.”
The LP member-elect also vowed his support for the president, stating that the national interest comes before party loyalty.
He said, “We have agreed that we are going towards government decision not minding I am of Labour Party. Now the party is not the issue. We are talking about building Nigeria. We are talking about the unity of Nigeria.”
Ogah’s appreciation for the president, however, was not well received by the party and its angry supporters.
Reacting to the drama, the leadership of LP frowned at his action in a statement released on Friday in Abuja titled “Hon. Ogah’s position on President Tinubu’s leadership, personal not party position.”
The statement, which was signed by the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh, disclosed that such a comment shouldn’t be coming from any LP member at a time when LP presidential candidate is battling to reclaim his mandate at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
He said, “The attention of the leadership of the Labour Party has been drawn to an interview granted by one of our House of Representatives members-elect, Hon. Amobi Ogah wherein he expressed his satisfaction with the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and that some of his colleagues have “agreed to go towards government decision” on the leadership of the 10th Assembly.
“Though as a first-time and newly elected lawmaker, the member-elect made the utterance which is clearly within his rights as an individual as enshrined in the laws of the land however, the party has a view quite different from what the honourable member was quoted to have said.
“As an individual, he does not have the mandate to speak for the party and therefore cannot claim to be standing on the platform of the Labour Party to do same, giving views that are diametrically opposed to what Labour Party stands for.
“Labour Party is presently in the tribunal hoping to retrieve our mandate which was expressively given to our presidential candidate on February 25, and every testament emanating from the tribunal points to the fact that Labour Party clearly won the election but was robbed. We have remained resolute to our belief that justice will be done and so soon.
“For the records, Labour Party has nothing against the personality of President Tinubu, however, we are challenging both the process and final outcome of the presidential election. We as a party insist that the route to His Excellency must be excellent and anything other than that amounts to a mockery of democracy.
“Finally, we urge millions of our party members who are irked and offended by Hon Ogah’s interview which has since gone viral to maintain their cool as the lawmaker has regretted his actions and has tendered an unreserved apology to the party.”
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