The Labour Party has distanced itself from a viral letter signed by the party’s self-proclaimed factional national chairman, Lamidi Apapa, requesting that the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal dismiss all cases filed by the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, challenging the emergence of the All Progressives Congress’ Bola Tibubu, in the February 25 general election.
“We urged the Tribunal in Abuja to disregard the antics of Apapa, who is a suspended Deputy National Chairman of our party,” the party’s acting National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, said in a statement made available to press on Tuesday.
“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,” the statement added.
Corroborating the stance of the party, Ifoh spoke on Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today, alleging that Apapa is seeking to jeopardise the victory of Obi with his action.
Ifoh, who later spoke on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme, on Tuesday, alleged that Apapa is seeking to jeopardise Obi’s victory with his action.
“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,” he maintained.
“The leadership of the Labour Party is therefore calling on the tribunals to disregard any letter emanating from our suspended National Legal Adviser, Samuel Akingbade to the effect that all our cases are to be withdrawn.
However, Apapa has insisted that he is the party’s acting national chairman, adding, “Since the court had suspended Abure and other national officers, I am the next to take over.”