Labour Party Raises Alarm As Suspended Officials Move To Withdraw Court Cases Against Tinubu, APC. The Labour Party’s suspended Deputy National Chairman, Lamidi Apapa, has approached all election tribunals where the party has pending matters, including the presidential candidate, H.E. Peter Obi’s case, asking for the withdrawal of the cases.
The Labour Party, through a statement, has informed all arms of the judiciary, including the tribunals and courts, to ignore the actions of the suspended members of the party. It has also called on the Police, DSS, and EFCC to arrest them. The party has nominated Mr Oby Ifoh as the acting National Publicity Secretary in line with the party’s constitution.
Labour Party Raises Alarm As Suspended Officials Move To Withdraw Court Cases Against Tinubu, APC
The suspended Deputy National Chairman and other suspended members, including Samuel Akingbade, Gbenga Daramola, Anselem Eragbe, and Abayomi Arabambi, erstwhile National Legal Adviser, National Financial Secretary, National Youth Leader, and National Publicity Secretary, respectively, are alleged to be working against the Labour Party’s destined victory in the tribunals and derailing democracy.
The party is calling on the tribunals to disregard any letter emanating from the suspended National Legal Adviser, Samuel Akingbade, to withdraw all the cases lodged by Labour Party candidates. The Labour Party is also calling on the presidential election tribunal to disregard letters from ex-officials of the party requesting the withdrawal of H.E. Peter Obi’s petition. The party has asked the Police, DSS, and EFCC to apprehend and question these agents of destruction before they succeed in igniting the nation.
The Labour Party has elected Mr Oby Ifoh as the National Publicity Secretary due to the vacancy that occurred after the expulsion of the former National Publicity Secretary. The party has written to all relevant bodies, including INEC, of its intention to hold its NEC in line with the provision of the law. All stakeholders, including state chairmen and their secretaries, Zonal officers, owners and trustees of the party, including NLC and TUC, some elected members of the party, the leader, and presidential candidate of the party, among others, met in Asaba on April 18.
The Labour Party’s constitution states that the NEC has the power to fill vacancies in the NWC as they may occur from time to time between national conventions and to take disciplinary action against any member or organ of the party. All relevant government agencies, including NEC, were present, where Mr Oby Ifoh was unanimously elected.
The former National Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Arabambi, explained six months ago at a press conference held at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, that Eragbe’s suspension was due to allegations of “forgery, issuance of certificates to groups unknown to the leadership of the party without the approval of the National Working Committee or the National Chairman, the launch of a fund mobilization website to receive funds without the approval of the National Working Committee or the National Chairman” and sending official letters “to some individuals without the approval of the National Working Committee or the National Chairman.”
National Youth leader
Abayomi described the actions of the National Youth Leader as “gross misconduct, disobedience to the constitution of the Labour Party, and other acts.” While accusing him of anti-party activities, he said the suspension would last for six months and would depend on how Eragbe conducts himself while the suspension lasts.