The Lamidi Apapa faction of the Labour Party, whose authenticity has been confirmed by the Court of Appeal, has advised Peter Obi, the party’s candidate for the 2023 presidential election, to seek another political platform for his presidential ambitions in the 2027 elections.
The faction, which has already begun searching for a new presidential candidate for 2027, made this known through their spokesman, Abayomi Arabambi, in an interview with The PUNCH.
Arabambi’s statement follows Obi’s appeal to the Supreme Court contesting the verdict of the Presidential Election Petitions Court, which upheld President Bola Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 presidential election.
The Apapa faction of the LP had dissociated itself from Obi’s decision to challenge Tinubu’s victory in court.
Arabambi believes that Obi should not waste time appealing against Tinubu’s victory and argues that Obi lost the election due to mismanagement of human resources.
Arabambi said, “My advice is for him (Obi) to go and start preparing for 2027. But it has to be in another party, not in LP. We are not going to allow this kind of rascality to continue in 2027. We will look for a fresh candidate as far as we are concerned.
“Obi is free to go back to APGA to run, not Labour Party. We don’t want to continue accommodating a character who believes no other person, other than himself, has anything upstairs. He is not a good manager of human resources. That was why he lost woefully.
“Let me ask Obi who is accusing President Bola Tinubu of certificate fraud this question. Obi claimed he has a B.Sc. Did he present the B.Sc in his form? Was it not the school certificate he wrote there? Why is he hiding his own B.Sc? That is because he knew they could subpoena the vice chancellor or the registrar to come and confirm its authenticity.”
But the spokesman for Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Yunusa Tanko, dismissed Arabambi’s threat, saying “They (the Apapa faction) don’t own Labour Party. That’s why I don’t want to take issues with them. There is no need to give these people attention.”
Also, the LP National Legal Adviser, Kehinde Edun, chided the Apapa faction, saying it is the Abure faction that the Independent National Electoral Commission recognised.
He said, “Do they have any authority over the party? They are suspended members of the party. So, how can they determine who becomes the flag bearer? These people have turned to comedians.
“The statutory authority to monitor and keep records of activities of political parties is INEC. So, who do they plan to present the candidate to? It is the same INEC, and the electoral umpire can only accept nominations from the recognised National Executive Committee of the party. It is also the duty of the national chairman to nominate any candidate.
“As of today, the recognised leadership of the party is the one led by Abure and not Apapa or whatever they call themselves. We are not moved by anything they say. They are just comedians and mere impostors claiming to be what they are not. We know they will soon run out of steam. Nigerians no longer take them seriously because they are beginning to see through their games.”