have reacted over a comment by the deputy national chairman (south) of the Labour Party (LP) Lamidi Apapa, that he remains the acting national chairman of the party.
He commented on Sunday night when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics. Apapa claimed that because he has been a party member since 2002, he won’t work against the LP.
On April 6, Apapa declared that he had taken charge of the affairs of the party. He said he is not being sponsored to cause a crisis in the party.
“That is not true. Nobody is sponsoring me.”
“I was the chairman of the party in Oyo, and gubernatorial candidate of the party in 2007.
“I have been praying that one day; this Labour Party will lead Nigeria. And if it has come to this level, how will a reasonable say I was there to work for somebody?”
Apapa made the claim shortly after Julius Abure, the LP’s national chairman, claimed that thugs broke into the party’s headquarters in the federal capital territory (FCT) and damaged the property.
Abure claimed that the invasion was sponsored by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to destabilise the party and its challenge of the presidential election won by Bola Tinubu.
However, the LP chieftain had said his actions are in order since a court had asked Abure to step down as the chairman of the party.
Abure was prohibited from posing as the national chairman of the LP by a federal capital territory (FCT) high court judgment that was issued on April 5.
“Now, if that has happened, what else? The next person should take over,” Apapa said.
“In the party today, as far as the national working committee is concerned, I’m the oldest and I maintain that, I use my experience, I use my knowledge, I use my age to advise them, that is what I do.
“I am not arguing with Abure’s leadership. My argument with him is that if it has to do with the Labour Party constitution, he may be right.
“But when it has to do with the laws of the land, the Labour Party constitution does not allow anybody to run foul of the Nigerian constitution and at the moment when the court has ruled that don’t parade yourself any longer as the national chairman of that party, right from that moment he ceases to be the chairman of the party.
“By virtue of that law, he is bound to step aside because the law has said don’t do it.”
Meanwhile, supporters of the party don’t seem to accept Apapa’s stand on the crises lingering in the party. See popular opinion