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Labour party warns Peter Obi to stay away from embattled ex-chairman, Abure

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The Labour Party (LP) has issued a warning to its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, the governor-elect of Abia State, Alex Otti, and legislators elected on the party’s platform to distance themselves from the suspended National Chairman of the party, Julius Abure.

The warning was contained in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Abayomi Arabambi.

The statement accused the Abure-led National Working Committee (NWC), in collaboration with non-members of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), including Obi and Otti, of plotting to suspend members of the NWC in a meeting scheduled to hold in Asaba on Tuesday, April 18, 2023.

The Labour Party warned that such action would amount to contempt of court, and all parties involved might risk a jail term, especially when Abure and those to preside at the meeting have been restrained by court and are currently facing criminal charges.

Last week, the suspended National Chairman and his team allegedly conducted a parallel screening for governorship candidates of the Labour Party from Imo, Bayelsa, and Kogi States, despite a restraining order from an Abuja High Court.

This move has raised concerns within the party and led to the caution issued by the Lamidi Apapa-led NWC.

The party stated that Abure and his team had gathered some senators-elect, House of Representatives members-elect of the Labour Party, who had not been inaugurated and were also not members of NEC for the meeting.

The LP accused Abure and his team of planning to take an illegal decision against the party’s constitution.

The statement also noted that holding a NEC meeting under the Abure leadership when the court has restrained them from the role of the national chairman and national secretary would amount to a direct affront and insult to the presiding Judge Hon Justice H MUAZU order as granted on the 5th day of April 2023.

The Labour Party believes that the rule of law should be upheld, especially for people who got their mandates on the trust of a new Nigeria of uprightness.

The party called on its members to abide by the court’s ruling and avoid actions that could put them in contempt of court.

The LP reiterated its commitment to upholding the tenets of democracy and the rule of law and urged its members to put the party’s interest above personal ambitions.

The party stated that it would not hesitate to take disciplinary action against any member found to be acting against the party’s constitution or flouting court orders.

This article was updated 1 month ago

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