Lamidi Apapa Addresses Party Crisis and Allegations
The factional national chairman of the Labour Party (LP), Lamidi Apapa, recently spoke in an interview, shedding light on the ongoing crisis within the party and addressing allegations regarding his political affiliations.
Clearing the Air on Alleged Support for Bola Tinubu
In his interview with BBC Yoruba, Lamidi Apapa made it clear that he does not support or work for President Bola Tinubu, as had been claimed by some.
He explicitly distanced himself from these allegations. Apapa asserted that he has never received any money from Tinubu, contrary to widely held beliefs.
Invitation for Evidence
Apapa went a step further by inviting those who have evidence to substantiate the claims that he is working for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate to present their proof.
He expressed confidence in his position and called for transparency in addressing such allegations.
Support for Peter Obi
Lamidi Apapa clarified that he voted for Mr. Peter Gregory Obi during the presidential election on February 25, 2023.
He emphasized that he has no issues with Obi and reiterated his lack of support for Tinubu.
Addressing the Accusations
In addressing the accusations of supporting Tinubu, Apapa posed two critical questions to those making the claims. Firstly, he questioned whether supporting Tinubu after the election would make sense.
Secondly, he highlighted that he is not the top judge overseeing Peter Obi’s lawsuit against Tinubu. These questions serve as a challenge to the allegations.
Peter Obi’s Entry to the Labour Party
Apapa expressed enthusiasm about Peter Obi’s decision to join the Labour Party, emphasizing the potential it holds for the party.
He saw this as an opportunity for the party to gain more attention and lead the country, which many long-time party members had been hoping for.
Party Crisis and Legal Case
Regarding the crisis within the party, Apapa shed light on an important legal case that took place in a federal high court in Abuja.
He pointed out that Barrister Julius Abure and three other significant party members were instructed not to act as leaders of the Labour Party.
Their disregard of this instruction resulted in a conflict at the presidential election tribunal.
Apapa stressed that there is no evidence to support the claim that he had agreed to support Tinubu for his candidacy, reinforcing his stance on the matter.
Conclusion: Setting the Record Straight
Lamidi Apapa’s interview serves as a declaration of his political positions and a challenge to allegations against him.
He maintains that he does not support Bola Tinubu and invites evidence to the contrary. The interview provides a glimpse into the ongoing dynamics within the Labour Party and the broader political landscape.