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Just In : Labour Party Issues Warning To Peter Obi, Alex Otti, Others To ‘Stay Away”

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Just In : Labour Party Issues Warning To Peter Obi, Alex Otti, Others To ‘Stay Away”

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The Labour Party’s (LP) Lamidi Apapa-led National Working Committee (NWC) has warned its presidential candidate Peter Obi, Abia State Governor-elect Alex Otti, and lawmakers chosen on its platform to keep their distance from Julius Abure, the party’s suspended national chairman.

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According to news sources, the National Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Arabambi, signed a statement to journalists on behalf of the Apapa faction informing them of this.

 

The Labour Party charged the Abure-led NWC with working with Peter Obi and other NEC members to press for the suspension of NWC members during a meeting set to take place in Asaba on Tuesday.

Arabambi cautioned that such behavior would simply constitute contempt of court and that everyone engaged may potentially face jail time, particularly since Abure and those who would preside over the meeting were restrained by the court and are currently fighting criminal accusations.

The statement reads: “The attention of the National Working Committee of the Labour Party has been drawn to a plot by the suspended National Chairman of Labour Party, Julius Abure, to lure Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the party and Alex Otti, the Governor-elect of Abia State under the Labour Party into conducting an emergency National Executive Meeting (NEC) scheduled to hold in Asaba on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.

“We have also been informed that one of the agendas of the meeting is to carry out the illegal suspension of members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party by the same suspended NWC members led by Abure who is currently facing criminal charges in court.

“Last week, Julius Abure and his illegal gang executives went against a restraining Order of an Abuja High Court as a result of indictment by the Inspector General of Police through the DIG Force CID for Forgery, Perjury and impersonation in suit number CV/2930/2023 to conduct a parallel screening for governorship candidates of Labour Party from Imo, Bayelsa and Kogi State when screening was ongoing at the party’s national headquarters.

“We have been reliably informed that Abure and his gang have gathered some senators-elect, house of representatives members-elect of Labour Party, who has not been inaugurated and are also not members of NEC for the meeting to take an illegal decision against the party’s constitution.

“Such action is a contempt of court that even a child should know the impending consequences of a jail term. While the rumour of the planned Asaba kangaroo meeting has been confirmed to be true, we don’t want to believe that our presidential candidate, Peter Obi, Alex Otti, the Governor-elect of Abia State and other elected members of the party are part of this plot.

 

“We believe that they know of the impending consequences of holding a NEC meeting under the Abure leadership when the court has restrained them from the role of the national chairman and national secretary. They risk jail term through contempt proceedings that will be filed against them in the court, should they proceed with the plan as it’s a direct affront and insult to the presiding Judge Hon Justice H MUAZU order as granted on the 5th day of April 2023

“There is a tenet of the rule of law that should be upheld, especially for people who got their mandates on the trust of a new Nigeria of uprightness. A Nigerian that the rule of law is respected.”

Arabambi encourage Peter Obi to focus on the Election Petition Tribunal hearing of his case while the court concludes its investigation into Julius Abure and other party NWC members.

“Peter Obi should know that by the provisions of law, he is not an officer of the Labour Party. We want him to know that. Otti is not an officer of the Labour Party. It’s only the National Working Committee that can conduct the primary. Obi is not a member of the Labour Party NWC. Even if he won the presidential election, that doesn’t qualify him to become an NWC member but he can only be a member of NEC.

 

“By the provisions of law, anyone involved in such plot risk contempt of court and jail term.

 

“Labour Party was founded on principle and this is what we must continue to preserve. Obi must not join Abure to ruin the fortune of the Labour Party as the new National leadership will not condone any form of executive rascality, or malfeasance where the Labour Party will be reduced to a one-man, regional or ethnic base political party as being currently promoted by the infantile Julius Abure and his co-travellers,” he added

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