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Imo LP members protest, demand sack of Chairman over alleged compromise

By Collins Osuji, Owerri
20 September 2022   |   3:25 am
Over 100 of Labour Party (LP) members in Imo State, yesterday, staged a protest at the party secretariat demanding for the immediate removal of the party’s state Chairman, Ambrose Onyekwere.

Over 100 of Labour Party (LP) members in Imo State, yesterday, staged a protest at the party secretariat demanding for the immediate removal of the party’s state Chairman, Ambrose Onyekwere.

The aggrieved party members, who barricaded the party office as early as 8:00 a.m singing war songs, accused Onyekwere of high-handedness and compromising party’s ethics.

Their protest attracted over 20 armed security personnel, who intervened, to ensure peace, as well as restore order in the area.

Speaking, the protesters, who were mainly from Owerri zone of the state, and led by Aboh Mbaise Council Youth Leader of the party, Patrick Ihekoronye, maintained that “Onyekwere must go” to save the party from imminent collapse in the state.

They also accused the chairman of playing the script of the Owerri zone senatorial candidate of the party, Ezenwa Onyewuchi, who, they alleged, was replacing dully elected party officials with his loyalists against the general interest of the party.

Ihekoronye said: “We embarked on this protest because we are aggrieved by the unlawful actions of the party’s state Chairman, who, we believe, is on a mission to sell off our party to some political merchants in the state.

“Why we are asking that Onyekwere be removed is because we have discovered he is a mole in our party. He is an APC man drafted into our party by his paymasters to collapse the party for their selfish interests, as well as to sabotage Peter Obi and our other candidates’ victory in the coming 2023 general elections. And we can’t allow that to happen.”

Also, speaking to newsmen during the protest, the party’s Deputy Chairman for Owerri zone, Roland Obiyor, blamed Onyekwere of exhibiting actions capable of disintegrating the party in the state.

He alleged that the flagrant removal of elected party officials without recourse to the party’s constitution was causing harm to the party in the state.

He said: “I think their agitation is apt in the sense that the state Chairman has caused a lot of troubles for LP in Imo. In fact, his inconsistency in administrative processes has caused harm to the party. Therefore, his continued stay might end up robbing us the credibility we need as a party in the state.”