LP raises alarm over alleged attempt to dismiss Obi’s case against Tinubu

The Labour Party (LP) has raised the alarm over attempt by its suspended self-proclaimed factional chairman, Lamidi Apapa, to dismiss all cases by the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, against the victory of Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the February 25, 2023 election.

“We are by this statement informing all arms of judiciary, including the Tribunals and courts to ignore the ignoble antics of these compromised suspended members of the party. We are also calling on the police, DSS and EFCC to arrest these enemies of democracy,” LP acting National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh said.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today program, Ifoh alleged that Apapa’s actions were an attempt to jeopardize Obi’s victory and that he and his supporters are working against the Labour Party.

“Approaching the tribunals to withdraw all the cases lodged by Labour Party candidates across board is the height of subterfuge and treachery, and Nigerians will resist this ploy to plunge the nation into unnecessary turmoil,” Ifoh said.

The LP’s statement calls for the presidential election tribunal to disregard any letters from Apapa and his supporters asking for the withdrawal of Obi’s petition.

Earlier in April, Apapa declared himself as the LP national chairman following a fresh legal battle in the party. However, Labour Party chairmen in the 36 states of the federation disowned the factional leadership, throwing their weight behind Julius Abure as the party’s leader.

Despite this, Apapa insists that he is the party’s national leader as the court has suspended Abure and national officers.

“Now, if that has happened, what else? The next person should take over,” he said on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

The LP said it is determined to protect the integrity of its candidates and will resist any attempt to undermine the party’s democratic processes.

The LP is also urging the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja to disregard Apapa’s request and to ensure that justice prevails in the case against Tinubu.

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