Lamidi Apapa, the newly appointed acting National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), has addressed the recent criticism directed at him and clarified that he has not been sponsored by opponents to destroy the party.
In an interview on Channels Televisions Sunday Politics, Apapa, who is also known as a founding member of the LP, dismissed the accusations and stated that he enjoys the support of the party’s supporters as the new leader.
Apapa’s appointment as the acting chairman came amidst a leadership crisis in the LP, with seven members of the National Working Committee of the Party announcing him as the replacement for the suspended chairman, Julius Abure.
However, some Labour party supporters took to social media to criticize Apapa for allegedly working against the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, during the February election.
Apapa denied these claims, stating that he would not do anything to harm the party as a foundational member of the Labour party. He also emphasized that the ‘Obidients,’ who are the party’s supporters, need to understand the true situation within the party before jumping to conclusions based on ignorance.
Apapa clarified that he has not been sponsored by anyone to destroy the party and that his appointment as the acting chairman is in line with a court order that directed Abure and other national officers to stop parading themselves as such.
He believes that his leadership is in the right direction, with the support of labour party members, who are all Nigerians regardless of any affiliations.