The Labour Party’s Lamidi Apapa faction has recommended Peter Obi, the party’s 2023 presidential candidate, to look for another political platform to advance his or her presidential ambitions before the 2027 polls.
The Apapa group claimed it has begun looking for a different presidential candidate before 2027 after the Edo Division of the Court of Appeal recently confirmed its legitimacy.
Abayomi Arabambi, the faction’s spokesperson, revealed this on Wednesday in an exclusive interview with The PUNCH.
Arambambi spoke against the backdrop of the appeal filed by Obi at the Supreme Court on Tuesday to challenge the verdict of the Presidential Election Petitions Court, which reaffirmed President Bola Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 presidential election.
The Apapa-led faction of the LP had distanced itself from the decision of Obi and the Julius Abure faction to challenge Tinubu’s victory in court.
On August 14, the Edo division of the Court of Appeal declared Apapa as the authentic National Chairman of the Labour Party.
Speaking to our correspondent on Wednesday, Arabambi said Obi should not waste his time pursuing an appeal against Tinubu’s victory at the Supreme Court.
According to him, Obi clearly lost the election due to his alleged mismanagement of human resources.
Arabambi said, “My advice is for him (Obi) to go and start preparing for 2027. But it has to be in another party, not in LP. We are not going to allow this kind of rascality to continue in 2027. We will look for a fresh candidate as far as we are concerned.
“Obi is free to go back to APGA to run, not Labour Party. We don’t want to continue accommodating a character who believes no other person, other than himself, has anything upstairs. He is not a good manager of human resources. That was why he lost woefully.
“Let me ask Obi who is accusing President Bola Tinubu of certificate fraud this question. Obi claimed he has a B.Sc. Did he present the B.Sc in his form? Was it not the school certificate he wrote there? Why is he hiding his own B.Sc? That is because he knew they could subpoena the vice chancellor or the registrar to come and confirm its authenticity.”
Arabambi’s threat was downplayed by the spokeswoman for the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Yunusa Tanko, who stated, “They (the Apapa group) don’t own Labour Party. I don’t want to argue with them because of this. These people don’t require your attention.
Kehinde Edun, the LP’s national legal adviser, also chastised the Apapa faction, claiming that the Independent National Electoral Commission had recognised the Abure faction.
Do they have any influence over the party, he questioned? They are party members who have been suspended. So how do they choose who will carry the flag? They’ve started watching comedians.
“The statutory authority to monitor and keep records of activities of political parties is INEC. So, who do they plan to present the candidate to? It is the same INEC, and the electoral umpire can only accept nominations from the recognised National Executive Committee of the party. It is also the duty of the national chairman to nominate any candidate.
“As of today, the recognised leadership of the party is the one led by Abure and not Apapa or whatever they call themselves. We are not moved by anything they say. They are just comedians and mere impostors claiming to be what they are not. We know they will soon run out of steam. Nigerians no longer take them seriously because they are beginning to see through their games.”