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Convention: LP Clarifies Obi’s Absence, Reveals APC Hijack Plot

Independent 2024/4/12

The National Vice Chair­man (South East) of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Ceekay Igara, has denied the reports in some quar­ters that the party’s pres­idential candidate in the 2023 general elections, Mr. Peter Obi, shunned the party’s recent convention, which took place in Nnewi, Anambra State.

While speaking with Daily Independent on what transpired at the conven­tion, which was reported­ly shunned by key party stakeholders, Mr. Igara noted that being a presiden­tial candidate of the party, Peter Obi was not auto­matically qualified for the convention going by the La­bour Party’s constitution.

Mr. Igara was reacting to a statement credited to Akin Osuntokun, the di­rector general of Obi-Datti Campaign Council, that the absence of Obi as well as other key party stakehold­ers at the convention was a sign that the gathering that returned Julius Abure as the LP national chairman was not acceptable to the stakeholders.

He admitted that Peter Obi was duly notified of the convention but noted that those qualified for the gathering, according to LP’s constitution, included president or former presi­dents from the party, gov­ernor, among others.

Mr. Igara said, “This po­sition by Osuntokun has to do with not understanding the dynamics of the consti­tution of the Labour Party.

“The constitution clear­ly spelt out who and who should be at the conven­tion and we cannot leave out those who are qualified to go for others. Peter Obi is not the president; he is a presidential candidate under our party and our constitution does not say presidential candidates, it says president, former presidents. So if he is a sit­ting president or a former president, he would have been at that convention. Be­cause Alex Otti is a sitting governor and his vice, a sit­ting deputy governor, that was why they were there. People are speaking igno­rantly of the provisions of our party constitution,” he said.

Speaking on the pro­cesses leading to the last convention, the party chief­tain noted that some people who belonged to the Tinu­bu campaign council were trying to hijack the party ahead of the last conven­tion.

When asked to name the said people, he replied, “It is not necessary but we know that the names they were proposing to lead our party were members of the APC campaign council.

“That is number one; number two, we are also aware that in all the states they are talking about and want to take over, Nigeria Labour Congress are mem­bers of the ruling class there. If they are members of the ruling class there, there is no way we can al­low our affairs to be direct­ed or coordinated by mem­bers of the APC or the PDP. We must guard our house.

“Meanwhile, during the campaign and the presiden­tial election, things weren’t going well with our party due to many distractions. We will not allow that hap­pen anymore. We must coordinate the party well and adhere strictly to our rules,” he said.

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