Chairman Lamidi Apapa’s Consultation Before Honoring Tinubu’s Invitation: In an exclusive interview on Arise Television, Lamidi Apapa, the factional chairman of the Labour Party (LP), disclosed his approach should President-elect Asiwaju Bola Tinubu extend an invitation for reconciliation talks. Apapa emphasized that before accepting such an invitation, he would consult with the executive of the party. If they give their approval, it would become the party’s collective decision rather than his individual stance.
Factional Rift and Clash at the Court of Appeal: The LP has been marred by a leadership dispute between Apapa’s faction and the faction led by the suspended National Chairman, Julius Abure. This internal rift escalated recently, leading to clashes between factions at the Court of Appeal in Abuja, where the Presidential Election Petition Court was being held. Apapa found himself mobbed by some youths present at the court and was subsequently placed under protective custody by court security personnel.
Threats of Exposing Obi’s Alleged Bias: Apapa expressed his dissatisfaction with the perceived favoritism of Peter Obi, who appears to be aligning with the removed LP chairman, Julius Abure. As a result, Apapa issued a warning, stating his intention to expose Obi. The growing tension within the LP highlights the increasing complexities and rivalries within the party, which have intensified following the court’s involvement.