The Labour Party has expressed concerns about a group that has broken away from the party and is attempting to derail its current legal challenge against the election process that led to the declaration of Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as the President-elect.
Labour party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and his running mate, Dr. Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, are currently in court seeking to nullify Tinubu’s mandate before the Residential Election Tribunal. However, a faction of the party, led by its suspended Deputy National Chairman, Lamidi Apapa, has approached the tribunal to discontinue the legal challenge.
Labour party Acting National Publicity Secretary, Pastor Obiora Ifoh, warned that the breakaway faction is trying to sabotage the party’s efforts to offer Nigerians an alternative to the current governance, adding that they had approached all the tribunals where LP candidates had lodged election petitions arising from the recently held general election.
LP leadership called on the tribunals to disregard any letters from the suspended National Legal Adviser, Samuel Akingbade, asking for the withdrawal of all LP cases, including Obi’s petition, and urged the police, DSS, and EFCC to apprehend and question the “agents of destruction” before they succeed in igniting the nation.
Party members leadership loyal to Comrade Julius Abure noted that Pastor Ifoh’s appointment as Acting National Publicity Secretary followed due process enshrined in the party’s constitution, with stakeholders, including state chairmen and secretaries, Zonal officers, owners and trustees of the party, as well as the leader and presidential candidate of the party, amongst others, electing him at a meeting in Asaba on April 18.