Obi Presidential Candidacy In Labour Party Threatened
Calistus Okafor, a Labour Party factional presidential candidate, promised on Wednesday to “battle on” to a “logical finish” as the 2023 general election draws near.
Peter Obi’s claim to be the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, according to Okafor, is still debatable, and he blamed the former governor of Anambra State for failing to resolve the internal party conflict he “met on ground.”
In an interview with newsmen in Abuja, Okafor, a former deputy national chairman of the Labour Party, vented his frustrations.
This newspaper has discovered that Okafor is suing the Labour Party in court.
“I am aware that there are many who stand to gain from the current circumstances and who are preventing Peter Obi from recognizing life’s realities.
They prevented him from realizing that he still lacks a ticket with which to run in the elections of the next year.
“There are many who advise Obi not to worry about me, as if my case has no merit.
Obi is paying attorneys hundreds of millions of dollars to fix the Labour Party dispute in his place.
“This is a man who wants to change the political narratives and act differently, but he was unable to resolve the situation he encountered on the ground.
He wants to tackle the Nigerian problem but is unable to resolve the party crisis.
I’m also willing to battle on, even to the logical conclusion, if someone wants to crucify me for standing up for my rights, he added.
If Okafor prevails in his lawsuit, Obi’s campaign might be ended and serious issues for the party would arise.
In his lawsuit, Okafor, a party factional leader, questions the legitimacy of Akingbade Oyelakin’s leadership, claiming that he “represents persons falsely and unlawfully portraying themselves as members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of Labour Party.”
He also joined as a co-defendant Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Julius Abure and Umar Farouq, who were elected as the national chairman and secretary of the party, respectively, at a national executive committee meeting of the party held in Benin, Edo State, in March 2021, are two other individuals who have been sued by Okafor.
The remainder of the defendants named in the lawsuit by the defendants are members of the committee the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) established to manage the party’s operations.
Salisu Mohammed, Lawson Osagie, Isa Aremu, Baba Aye, Ikpe Ektokudo, Sylvester Ejiofor, and Lucy Offiong make up the committee.
One Salamatu Aliyu and the NLC are also sued with them.
Peter Obi, the party’s presidential candidate, was condemned by him for defecting to the LP without receiving adequate information about the fact that the party’s leadership has been the subject of litigation since 2018.
Okafor asserted that he was still the party’s legitimate national chairman.
He added that he was appointed to the position as a result of his role as the party’s deputy national chairman during the tenure of the late Abdulsalam. He further said that when Abdulsalam passed away in 2020, Abure, who is currently in charge of a faction inside the party, was acting national secretary.
It is unfortunate that Peter Obi is currently sitting on a keg of gunpowder after being duped. He went to the “wolves in sheep’s clothes,” believing that he was talking to the appropriate people. It would have been preferable for him to remain in the PDP.
The last time the LP had a convention was at Akure, the capital of Ondo State, in 2014.
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