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LP accuses APC of inducing ex-publicity secretary, Arabambi to destabilise party

By Oluyemi Ogunseyin
11 April 2023   |   4:59 pm
The Labour Party (LP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of inducing former publicity secretary, Abayomi Arabambi, to destabilise the party.

Labour Party (LP)’s supporters gather during a campaign rally at Adamasingba Stadium in Ibadan, southwestern Nigeria, on November 23, 2022, ahead of the 2023 Nigerian presidential election. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

The Labour Party (LP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of inducing former publicity secretary, Abayomi Arabambi, to destabilise the party.

Ag. National Youth Leader of the LP, Prince Kennedy Ahanotu, made this allegation in a statement in Abuja on Monday.

The Federal High Court in Abuja last week Wednesday issued an order restraining Julius Abure from acting as the national chairman of the LP.

The party’s Secretary, Farouk Ibrahim and two others were also stopped from acting as the party’s national officials.

Other party officials affected by the order include the National Organising Secretary, Clement Ojukwu, and the Treasurer, Oluchi Opara.

The restraining order was given by Justice Hamza Muazu while ruling on an ex-parte application argued by James Onoja, who told the court how the restrained National officers reportedly forged several documents from the FCT High Court in order to carry out unlawful substitutions in the last general elections.

Justice Muazu then ordered that the four individuals cease acting as national officers of the LP forthwith.

Lamidi Apapa who was the deputy national chairman (south) also last week declared himself as the LP national chairman following a fresh legal battle in the party.

In the wake of the development, LP state chairmen in the 36 states of Nigeria disowned the factional leadership, throwing its weight behind Abure as the party’s leader.

Ahanotu has expressed sadness that over the last couple of weeks, the LP has been in the news for reasons other than its stellar performance against more established parties such as the Peoples Democratic Party and the APC.

“Before the campaigns, the Labour Party worked with a fixated aspiration, and that was to ensure that a new political order where Nigerians would take back their country from the marauding politicians was enthroned.

“Fortune smiled at the party the moment former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi was nominated as the presidential candidate of the party.

“But as expected, political buccaneers surfaced from everywhere, seeking to reap where they did not sow,” the LP youth leader further said.

Ahanotu alleged that party members who didn’t share the vision and the mission for a new Nigeria, unfortunately, played into the hands of desperate politicians especially those of the APC stock to stoke the crisis within the LP in order to derail the party from pursuing its stolen mandate.

“However, all hell was let loose when at the formation of the Labour Party’s Presidential Campaign Council, the name of the then National Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Arabambi didn’t appear as the head of media and Publicity of the PCC.

“That didn’t sit or sink well with him. All his efforts to force his way through were unsuccessful as his treacherous past manifested vividly and spoke against him. He then resorted to declaring war against the party and the leadership.”