The Labour Party (LP) has raised an alarm about Lamidi Apapa-led faction allegedly working to sabotage the petitions filed by the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and other members at the tribunals.
The Comrade Julius Abure-led faction alleged that Lamidi approached election tribunals seeking to withdraw all cases involving the party’s candidates challenging the outcome of the 2023 general election which led to the declaration of the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu as President-Elect.
Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Pastor Obiora Ifoh who made the claim said;
“Daily, the evil intention of the breakaway faction of the Labour Party led by the suspended deputy national chairman, Lamidi Apapa, continues to manifest and just this morning, our legal team was confronted by the stark revelation that these men have advanced their plot by approaching all the tribunals where our numerous candidates lodged their election petitions arising from the recently held general election.
“Their actions show that they are working against the party and that they are working to destroy the party. If they claim that they have a problem with the national leadership of the party, will they also claim that they have a problem with the candidates of the party?
“What offence have the candidates of the party committed that they are now moving around to withdraw their matters from the tribunal?
“The leadership of the Labour Party is therefore calling on the tribunals to disregard any letter emanating from our suspended national legal adviser, Samuel Akingbade, to the effect that all our cases are to be withdrawn.
“We are also calling on the presidential election tribunal to disregard such letters from these ex-officials of our party asking for the withdrawal of HE Peter Obi’s petition.”
The Lamidi Apapa-led faction has however dismissed the claim, insisting that it is a ploy by Abure to gain cheap public sympathy.