I. LP Faction’s Pledge to Expel Peter Obi
In a striking turn of events, a faction within the Labour Party (LP), loyal to Lamidi Apapa, has declared its unwavering commitment to oust the party’s 2023 presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
This faction, led by Lamidi Apapa, expressed its determination to take any necessary actions to ensure that Obi is expelled from the party.
II. Accusations Against Peter Obi
The primary accusation leveled by the Apapa faction against Peter Obi centers on his alleged support for the Julius Abure faction, even after the court had removed him from the position of LP National Chairman.
The faction contends that Obi’s support for Abure constitutes an act of betrayal and has weakened the party’s internal cohesion.
III. The Faction’s Statement
The National Publicity Secretary of the Apapa faction, Abayomi Arabambi, released a statement on Tuesday outlining their uncompromising stance.
In this statement, Arabambi described Peter Obi as a temporary presidential candidate and emphasized their commitment to his dismissal from the party.
He declared, “We in the Labour Party shall continue this Obi political war unabated until we see his dismissal from the Labour Party.”
IV. Response to Obi-Datti Campaign Organization
The Apapa faction’s statement serves as a direct response to a statement made by Yinusa Tanko, the spokesperson for the Obi-Datti campaign organization.
Tanko had defended the alleged discrepancies in Peter Obi’s certificates. Arabambi, however, criticized Tanko, labeling him as a self-serving individual solely focused on personal benefits.
V. Accusations of Greed and Corruption
Arabambi accused Yinusa Tanko of greed and a corrupted mindset, insinuating that Tanko’s loyalty was driven by personal gain rather than genuine principles.
He urged Tanko to reflect on his choices, highlighting the consequences of greed and lack of moral principles.
VI. Critique of Political Nomads
The statement from the Apapa faction also criticized political figures, including Peter Obi, who have switched allegiances between political parties, branding them as political nomads.
The faction highlighted their perceived lack of leadership qualities and capacity to manage administrative responsibilities.
VII. Denouncing “Cash and Carry” Politics
The statement concluded with a denouncement of what it referred to as “cash and carry politics.
” It asserted that the era of transactional politics was behind many individuals in the Nigerian political landscape, indicating a commitment to more principled and value-driven approaches.