Crisis in Labour Party targeted at Obi, not Abure – State chairmen

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The 36 state chairmen of the Labour Party on Friday said that the crisis rocking the party’s leadership was a ploy to frustrate its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, from emerging victorious at the presidential election tribunal.

A faction of the party, headed by the National Vice-Chairman of the party (South), Lamidi Apapa, on Thursday claimed to have been inaugurated as the Acting National Chairman of the party.

However, speaking on Friday, the Nasarawa State Chairman of Labour Party, Alexander Ombugu, said in spite of the challenges Abure was facing, they would continue to remain loyal and committed to his leadership, Punch reports.

He stated, “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 including the non-transmission of results to the Independent National Electoral Commission results viewing portal, made another candidate to be announced as winner of the election.

“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.”

They called on the party’s supporters across the country to remain committed to the growth of the party and not be deterred by the activities of those sponsored to cause setbacks for the party.

While calling on the judiciary to continue to be upright in justice delivery in spite of the challenges, the Nasarawa State LP Chairman called on the security agencies not to allow themselves to be used by greedy and desperate politicians who do not mean well for the nation.