Reasons for Prolonged Crisis: Bashiru Lamidi Apapa, the Factional National Chairman of the Labour Party, outlined several reasons why the party’s internal crisis might extend beyond expectations. He cited Peter Obi, the party’s Presidential candidate, for allegedly refusing to comply with a court order suspending Julius Abure, the non-payment of party agents, and the lack of support for candidates who contested in the general election. These factors contribute to the ongoing discord within the party.
Grouse with Presidential Candidate: Apapa expressed his grievances with Peter Obi, accusing him of attempting to seize control of the party from its original owners. In an exclusive interview with THISDAY, Apapa responded to allegations made by the Abure-led National Working Committee, which claimed that his faction was seeking court injunctions against the party in northern courts. Apapa denied these allegations and called attention to Obi’s alleged interference in the party’s affairs.
Call for Unity and Conflict Resolution: The party’s leadership, represented by the Security, Peace, and Conflict Resolution Committee (LP-SPCRC), headed by retired Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Charles Ugomuoh, urged all aggrieved members to set aside their differences and present their grievances to resolve the ongoing turmoil. The committee has already engaged with seven individuals who have expressed various concerns, aiming to reach amicable resolutions and ensure the party can move forward harmoniously. The LP-SPCRC emphasized its commitment to preventing the disintegration of the party.