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LP Crisis: Apapa denies withdrawing Obi petitions from Tribunal
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LP Crisis: Apapa denies withdrawing Obi petitions from Tribunal

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Labour Party, loyal to the Lamidi Apapa faction, has denied claims that it has approached the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal to withdraw the

  • PublishedApril 27, 2023

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Labour Party, loyal to the Lamidi Apapa faction, has denied claims that it has approached the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal to withdraw the petition, filed by the party’s Presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

It will be recalled that the embattled Julius Abure faction had on Tuesday raised the alarm that Apapa and his team had gone to the tribunal in Abuja to withdraw Obi’s petition challenging the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu.

Apapa described the publication as one laced with deliberate falsehood, saying it is an “epistle of personal bitterness, ignorance and complete unintelligent outburst.”

In a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, by the faction’s Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Arabambi, Apapa said Abure has been restrained by the Abuja High Court “over confirmed allegations of forgery of Court seal” and others, saying it is not new that he could engage in “cheap blackmail to gain public sympathy in order to cover up his criminal tracks.”

He challenged Abure to produce a copy of the letter which Apapa or the Secretary signed to seek the withdrawal of the petition at the tribunal.

While saying he and his team would not be intimidated by “these wicked lies”, Arabambi pointed out that the publication was “a well orchestrated plan by Abure to incite violence and chaos in order to make Nigeria ungovernable.”

The statement quoted the Labour Party leader as saying that he and his team would not engage in any verbal war with those he called “pedestrian political misfits and despots”, saying it was obvious that “Abure is trying to whip up sentiment on his travails.”

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He concluded that the Labour Party under the leadership of Apapa, stands with Obi on the “mission to reclaim the mandate freely given to him and our party during the February 25th 2023 Presidential and National Assembly election.”

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