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The Ogun State Labour Party has reiterated its support for Barrister Julius Abure as the authentic National Chairman of the party.
It describes the purported National Executive Council meeting held in Bauchi as a joke.
The party made this known in a press statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Tokunbo Peters, on Thursday, in Abeokuta.
He said that only eligible members can decide for the party, stating that the meeting held by some suspended and expelled members led by afavtionak national chairman, Lamidi Apapa and his cohorts, is a charade.
The party further alleged that the meeting was being sponsored by the ruling All Progressives Congress to destabilize it’s structure and to frustrate the case of the Party at the Presidential Election Tribunal.
The statement read, “the purported suspension of Kehinde Sogunle and some members of the Ogun state Executive of the party as contained in a laughable communique issued by Lamidi Apapa and his band of usurpers at their Bauchi charade.
“Kehinde Sogunle remains the Labour Party governorship candidate in Ogun State and a respected chieftain of Labour Party, while Engr Lookman Abiodun Jagun remains the Ogun State Chairman of the party.
“The statement reiterates that Mr Lamidi Apapa and his cohorts have since been suspended from the party by the legitimate NEC of the Party, while Mr Abayomi Arabambi, the former acting publicity secretary, has long been banished from the Labour Party following his expulsion. Hence, he is in no longer in a position to speak for the party under any guise.
“The statement restates that Lamidi Apapa and his cohorts have no legitimacy and recognition by any state chapter of the Labour Party, not even by the Oyo state chapter where Apapa hails from. The NLC, TUC and INEC also do not recognise these usurpers.
“The only people who reckon with them are their paymasters in APC, who are using them to create confusion and destabilisation in the Party, with a view to scuttling Peter Obi’s case at the Presidential Election Tribunal.”
The party therefore urged the Obidient movement and the teeming supporters of the Labour Party in the 3rd Force Movement to remain steadfast adding that there are no divisions within the party.
It added that the party under the able leadership of Barrister Julius Abure is focused on recovering the mandate, “freely given to our principal, Mr Peter Obi in Court.”
It further called on all members of the Labour Party to remain united and focused, while ignoring the antics of the usurpers and their paymasters in the APC who are trying to create confusion and destabilization in the party.
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