LP Assured of Victory in 2023

The Labour Party (LP) has said Peter Obi would win the coming general election despite the crisis in the party.

The Director-General of its presidential campaign Doyin Okupe was suspended by the Ogun State chapter of the party, a move which was overruled by the national body of the LP.

A member of the Labour Party legal team Joe-Oke Onuakalusi, while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday, has said with the former Anambra State governor, victory is sure for the party. 

When asked if the party was strong enough to handle internal disputes, the PDP chieftain was affirmative. He said: “It is [strong enough]. When the head is correct, the body will be equally correct.

“You can understand that in Kenya, Ruto came on board just like Peter Obi is emerging, and he won and is going to do excellently well,” he said on the show.

“So, we are bent on winning the 2023 election, and by the time Peter emerges come February 2023, we are putting Nigeria on the right track. We have the structure and the best hands, and Peter is cruising to victory.”

He pointed out that the party’s suspensions are primarily internal matters and are not unique to the Labour Party.

“Every party has its constitution and internal affairs. If any party member goes contrary to it, they have the right to a disciplinary procedure, and if that one takes place, it becomes a party affair,” he added.

The attorney criticised Okupe’s suspension, arguing that the party’s presidential nominee alone has the authority to choose the director general of his campaign organisation.

“He (director general, in this case, Okupe) must not be a member of the party; being a member of the party is an addendum, but it is the prerogative of the presidential candidate (Obi to appoint his DG),” Onuakalusi stated.

He contends that the state leadership, as practised by the party chapter in Ogun State, does not have the authority to suspend a member; instead, it is the ward leaders.

“So, it is laughable for a group of men to say, ‘We have expelled you from the party’,” Onuakalusi stressed.

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