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The Labour Party in Ogun State, has told the State governor not to rejoice over his purported endorsement by the party executive members ,saying, the sponsor of the endorsement are suspended members of the party
PLATFORM TIMES reports that the state chairman, Michael Ashade and the national Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Arabambi had endorsed Abiodun for second term .
The party caretaker committee in the state in a statement signed by the Publicity Secretary, Tokunbo Peters, described the endorsement as misleading.
The party faulted the endorsement of the Abiodun for second term, saying, Abiodun was endorsed by suspended members of the party .
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that both Arabambi and Ashade were seen in a viral picture raising the hands of Abiodun for endorsement on behalf of Labour Party .
The party is currently excluded from the governorship contest due to a court case by the Independent National Electoral Commission against the governorship candidate of the party in the state, Kehinde Sogunle.
Faulting the endorsement of the governor who is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, the caretaker Ex-CoS said the endorsement cannot hold water and is of no effect .
The statement read partly, “the purported endorsement is not only misleading, but also a poor attempt at hoodwinking unsuspecting members of the public and the electorate into believing that the Labour Party is in alliance with the All Progressive Congress in Ogun state.
“For the records, the Ogun state branch of the Labour Party categorically disassociates itself from the purported endorsement of Prince Dapo Abiodun for second term and also unequivocally states that, even though overtures have been made to the Labour Party by the ruling party, the Labour Party is totally averse to any form of alliance with the APC.
” This is considering the fact that the APC government in the state lacks purposeful leadership.
“Moreso that the Labour Party is already in court with the APC in respect of the manipulated results of the last presidential election.
” it is public knowledge that Engr Lookman Jagun is the defacto Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of Labour Party in Ogun state and that Michael Ashade who allegedly endorsed the governor has been suspended from the party long ago
“While Michael Ashade and his cohorts are free to endorse and support any candidate of their choice in their individual capacity, but they should refrain from using the name of the Labour Party when making such endorsements.
“Impersonation and deliberate misrepresentation are criminal offences.
“A constituted authority like a State Government should not be seen to be condoning and accommodating impostors for expected political gains.
“The Labour Party has suffered incalculable injustice by the non listing of her candidates in the State elections and is doggedly pursuing redress to the systemic disenfranchisement through the court process.”
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