The Labour Party (LP) on Saturday, said it had not appointed Mr Charles Okadigbo as its spokesperson as announced by Prof. Pat Utomi .
A statement signed by Mr Arabambi Abayomi, National Publicity Secretary on Saturday in Abuja, said that the National Consultative Front (NCF ) had no constitutional power to make appointments for the party .
Abayomi said that only the National Chairman Julius Abure could do that .
“Our attention has been drawn to the news intercepted through multiple news medium that one Mr Charles Okadigbo has been appointed as the Spokesman of Labour Party by Prof. Pat Utomi.
” It is not undisputed that LP has not made such appointment since Utomi who is the leader of NCF cannot usurp the function of the National Chairman .
“For the records , Utomi who is the leader of the NCF , a strong affiliate of the LP , while in a zoom meeting introduced Charles Okadigbo as the Media Head of the “Big Tent” , an acronym for the NCF and No mention of LP was made on that platform.
“All appointments by the LP are made through the office of the national chairman and announcement made by the National Publicity Secretary under the directive of the national chairman ,” he saidAccording to Abayomi , for emphasis and clarity : Article 14 sub section 1(a) of the Labour Party constitution states as follows;” The national chairman shall give leadership to the party and shall preside over all meetings of the National Executive Council and the National Working Committee of the party.
”He said the constitutional provision quoted above, vested the power of all appointments and leadership only to the person and the office of the national chairman.
“LP now uses this opportunity to say the LP is guided by the constitution in all its activities.
” As such, all members of the party as well as interested members of the public presently in LP should from here on, take serious caution that the function of the national chairman as head of LP is not in question.
”Abayomi, therefore, urged that everyone should obey the constitution of the Labour Party and be guided by the party’s directives .
A former Lagos PDP Chieftain, Mr Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour has won the Labour Party (LP) substitution primary election for the 2023 governorship election in Lagos State.
Declaring the result in Ikeja, the Chairman of the Lagos LP Electoral Officer, Mr Lamidi Apanpan, said that Rhodes-Vivour scored 111 votes to defeat his contender, Mr Moshood Salvador who polled 102 votes.
Apanpan, who noted that there were 116 ad hoc delegates for the primaries, said that 115 were accr
The Labour Party (LP) Governorship Substitution Primary Election for Lagos State has been postponed to Wednesday.
This followed controversies on the delegates list raised by one of the aspirants, Mr Moshood Salvador.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the process had started at Excel-Oriental Hotel, in Oshodi on Monday, when Salvador complained that 26 of his delegates were omitted from the list.
Salvador is contesting for the LP ticket with Mr Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour at the party’s substitution primaries.
Salvador, who alleged that the delegates list for the substitution had been doctored, told newsmen before vacating the venue, that his camp could no longer trust the process.
“Yesterday, we agreed that he (Rhodes-Daviva) should bring 100 delegates, while I also bring100 delegates and the state executives will join the delegates to make 217 delegates for the substitution primaries.
“When I checked the list about 30 minutes to the primaries, we realised that 26 delegates out of mine have been removed and added to his.
“They (electoral officers) told me it was a mistake: that can never be taken as mistake.
” We have done all our best to ensure free and fair primaries.
Therefore, I cannot have confidence in this electoral body again.
“The party will need to reorganise itself.
The delegates list has been doctored, therefore we cannot have confidence in this electoral body again, “Salvador said.
Calling for the postponement of the primaries, Salvador urged the leadership of the party to be genuine, sincere, honest and fair.
Reacting to Salvador’s allegations, Mr Sam Okpala, the Lagos state Secretary of LP and Chairman of the LP Substitution Primary Election Planning Committee in the state, explained that the issue raised by Salvador bordering on omission of some names in his delegates list could be typographical error.
Okpala, who noted that the party was known for internal democracy, promised all aspirants a free, transparent and credible primary election.
“Whatever issue on ground, we will sought it out.
We urge them to exercise patience to see where the problem is coming from, rectify it and hold our primary election.
“As far as we are concerned, there was no omission.
We have not observed any omission in the list,” he said.
When all efforts to resolve the disagreement proved abortive and delegates left after waiting endlessly, Okpala told newsmen that the exercise had been postponed.
“The exercise has been postponed to Wednesday, same venue.
” On the call for cancellation of the primaries, Okpala said that no aspirant had the power to do so, describing it as personal opinion.
He said that all the relevant authorities were duly notified for the substitution primaries including INEC and security agents.
Okpala, who expressed surprise at the way an aspirant took just a minor error in the delegates list, said that party had made efforts to correct all observed errors to give a level playing ground for all aspirants.
“It is not new, you can be printing documents and make an error.
“We have only printed just a copy and we asked them to go through it.
We owned up that we will carry out the corrections.
If we have started using it, then he can complain,” he said.
According to him, the party leadership agreed on having 100 list each from Salvador and Rhodes-Vivours, with another 17 state officers.
He said the party leadership had on Sunday, invited both candidates to a meeting to tell them the process in order to ensure fairness to all.
“I am surprised to see what is happening today.
If the candidates are ready, we will go ahead, if they are not ready we will go back to Abuja,” Okpala said.
On the need for the substitution primaries, Alhaji Bashiru Apapa, the LP Deputy National Chairman, told newsmen that Prince Ifagbami Awamaridi, the LP gubernatorial candidate, whose name was published by INEC, was just a ‘placeholder’.
He stated that Awamaridi had written formerly that he had withdrawn from that office, adding that when he took the form, he was just a placeholder and that meant that he could be removed.
“That means his name can be changed for another candidate,” he said.
The Presidential candidate of Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi and his running mate, Dr Yusuf Baba-Ahmed have expressed sadness over the gruesome killing of Mr Daniel Yatai, 86, by gunmen.
Yatai, the father of Mr Philip Yatai, a Principal Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria was killed by gunmen around 11:15 p.
m. on Aug. 2, at his home in Manchok, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Obi and Baba-Ahmed in a telephone call with the eldest son of the deceased, Mr Patrick Yatai on Saturday, consoled the family and urged them to accept the sad incident as the will of God. Yatai, who made this known in an interview with NAN in Manchok, said that the Labour party presidential flag bearer urged the family to give thanks to God in all circumstances.
“They grieved with our family and encouraged us to stay strong and strengthen our belief that God is in control.
“Obi particularly said that God allowed our father to die for a reason.
“On his part, Baba-Ahmed pointed out that everyone has a time to die and encouraged us to accept our father’s demise as a call from God,” the son said.
He added that the labour party candidate and his running mate also asked the family to continue to pray for the country for things to get better.
He said that his father, who had been buried on Friday, was a retiree of the Nigeria Railway Corporation who had lived a fulfilled life.
“Our father was blessed with 13 children, 32 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
“He was a jovial fellow with a big heart full of love.
We will uphold his legacy and keep his memories alive,” Yatai said.
A stalwart of the PDP in Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi (BOG) on Friday, defected to the Labour Party (LP), declaring support for its presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi. Gbadamosi, a former governorship candidate of the African Democratic Party and a former Lagos East Senatorial Candidate of the PDP, made this known in a statement in Lagos.
“I had completely lost hope, especially in the youths of Nigeria, considering how the senatorial bye-elections panned out, after the traumatic events of the #EndSARS.
“However, the exit of Peter Obi from the PDP and his subsequent emergence as the Presidential candidate of the LP, and his brilliant choice of Mallam Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed as running mate have rekindled my hope.
“I am 54 years old, and never in my life have I been privileged to witness the kind of energy, vim, vigor, unity and tenacity of purpose being exhibited by youths of all ethnicities and religious backgrounds in Nigeria over a political candidate.
“I hereby publicly declare my resignation from the PDP and wish all the remaining members well.
“By the same token, I also hereby publicly declare my support for the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi,” Gbadamosi said.
He recounted how he joined the PDP in Ikorodu in 2008 and remained a loyal member of the party, contributing whatever he could to the growth and development of the party in Lagos state and throughout Nigeria, until he took an early retirement from partisan politics in 2017. “I came to recognise that the problems of PDP run quite deep, and their tepid opposition is in fact by design of some individuals populating the party leadership from top to bottom,” he said.
He said that he was motivated that almost all youths, who were not professional politicians or influencers-for-hire, had been popularising Obi’s presidential ambition.
He said that Obi had over the years, shown himself to be a creative, prudent and frugal administrator as well as a trustworthy custodian of public funds.
Gbadamosi also described the LP vice presidential candidate, as urbane, prudent, practical and principled politician.
He said: “These two share a passion for education and knowledge, with Obi’s documented exploits in the education sector as governor of Anambra and Baba-Ahmed’s direct investment in education as Pro-Chancellor of the highly respected Baze University, Abuja.
“Both share a disdain for graft and believe in exterminating contract padding.
“I find myself left with no choice, when faced with the alternatives, but to publicly throw in my lot with these two fine gentlemen, especially considering that another good Uncle of mine, Dr Doyin Okupe is one of the navigators of their journey and had invited me very much earlier.
A former Nigerian Ambassador to India, Maj.-Gen. Chris Eze (rtd.
), from Udenu Local Government Area (LGA) of Enugu State, has resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Eze disclosed this in a letter dated Aug. 4, 2022, addressed to the Chairman, APC, Udunedem Ward in Udenu LGA and made available to newsmen on Friday in Enugu.
The retired major general said that his decision to quit the party was due to the dictatorial manner in which the party was administered in the state.
Eze, who was the first elected secretary of the APC in Enugu State, said that he would join the Labour Party (LP) to support the presidential candidate of the party, Mr Peter Obi. He also said that his resignation from the APC was to support the gubernatorial and senatorial ambitions of Messers Chijioke Edeoga and Okey Ezea, respectively, in the LP.
“I cannot in good conscience defend the party’s presidential ticket in the coming campaigns for the 2023 general elections.
“I also can no longer bear the dictatorial manner in which the party is administered in the state.
“I believe that Obi, Edeoga and Ezea are the best candidates for presidential, gubernatorial and Enugu North Senatorial elections, respectively,” he said.
Eze said that he was totally disgusted with the standard of governance in Enugu State and needed a platform that would make life more meaningful to residents of the state.
“I wish to thank the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari for giving me the opportunity to serve as Nigeria’s High Commission to India,” Eze said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Eze was member, Security Sub-Committee, APC Presidential Campaign Committee in 2015. Reacting, the APC Chairman in the state, Mr Ugo Agballa, said that he was not dictatorial.
Agballa said that he had never taken decisions without due consultations from party stakeholders.
“The problem with some of our members is that I have refused to yield to their selfish demands.
It is no longer business as usual.
“The APC needs members that have capacity, competence and electoral values and not those who cannot win their polling units.
“We are currently on a ‘thank you’ tour of the electoral wards in the state to find out those who are real members of the APC,” he said.
Agballa said that the leadership of the party in the state was committed to throwing the party open to genuine leaders “and this has resulted to the party growing in leaps and bounds”.
The Labour Party (LP) has unveiled its newly constituted 24-member Caretaker Executive Committee for Lagos State, to run the affairs of the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The new executive committee led by Mr Olukayode Salako, was unveiled at a news conference in Ikeja on Tuesday.
Salako, who presented a letter of appointment of the committee signed by the National Chairman and Secretary of the party, Mr Julius Abure and Alhaji Umar Ibrahim respectively, said that the committee had the mandate to reposition the party for winning elections.
He said the committee became imperative following the expiration of the tenure of the outgone appointed state executives, as well as the recent expansion in the party nationwide ahead of 2023. “This is the brand new LP executive committee in Lagos state.
It is constitutionally, legally and lawfully constituted by the national executive body.
” I have here a letter to that effect duly signed by the national chairman and secretary of our party.
“They signed the letter which brought about the constitution of this state executive administration, to run the affairs of the party henceforth in Lagos state.
“There is no faction of LP in Lagos state.
It doesn’t exist and it has never existed and it will never exist,” he said.
He said the National Executive Council of LP had written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the newly constituted state executives of the party in Lagos state.
Salako said the committee was appointed just like the outgone committee headed by Prince Ifagbami Awamaridi, and it would serve for a period of three months.
“The constitution of Labour Party allows appointed State Executive Committee.
This is a caretaker committee and our tenure will only run for three months.
“Our goal is to find the party where it is and reposition it to win elections in Lagos state.
We are also to prepare the party for the next state congress.
“Our operational mission and vision for the party in Lagos is to make the Lagos it the next ruling party.
Our vision is to form the next government in Lagos state someday soon.
“We have the mental capacity, ability, experience and social- political will, and we are very sure Nigerians are behind us as ‘Moses’ of the time.
“Our party is poised to take over the affairs of running governance in Nigeria.
We are determined because we have the social will of the ordinary people of Nigeria,” Salako said.
He urged Nigerians to utilise their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in 2023 to create the kind of leadership they wanted.
The chairman said the committee would run the party and sell it to every household in Lagos state.
Also speaking, Chief Sam Okpala, the state Secretary of the committee, said that the party was open to all freedom-loving Nigerians both young and old, “Labour Party is the party for the youths.
” The secretary commended INEC’s efforts at making elections more credible and making votes count.
He urged the electoral umpire to look into the possibility of extension of voter enrollment which ended on July 31, for more eligible voters to register.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some other members of the committee included: Chief Seyi Showunmi (Deputy Chairman), Chief Adegboyega Adeniji (Deputy Chairman), Mr Adeola Adebanjo (Deputy Chairman) and Mr Lanre Adenuga (Deputy Chairmen) Others are, Mrs Bunmi Odesanya (Publicity Secretary), Mrs Yetunde Adedayo (Organising Secretary), Mr Abass Ibrahim (Legal Adviser), Mrs Titi Oworu (Women Leader), Adesegbe Ehigiator (Youth Leader) and Mr Egbewole Adewole (State Treasurer)
Yusuf Datti, Vice-Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), has disassociated himself from various social media accounts attributed to him.
Datti said this at a news conference in Abuja on Monday, describing the accounts as fake, because he has not been on the social media for about a decade.
He said that some years back, suspected impostors opened various social media accounts in his name without his knowledge or approval, prompting him to lodge complaints which were never attended to by the operators.
“I hereby dissociate my humble self from the creation, ownership and operation of any such social media accounts.
“I equally declare that all exchanges and communications therefrom are without my knowledge or input in any way whatsoever.
“I humbly call on the general public on and offline to disregard any and all exchanges and communications from the fake social media accounts,” he said.
Datti also called on the social media platforms owners, creators and operators to realise the dangers their highly valued technologies portend to the society.
He urged them to rise to the challenge of preventing further creation and use of fake accounts on social media.
“I call on the discerning general public, particularly our dear Obidient and useful followers to exercise patience until the resolution of these complaints after which we genuinely communicate towards rescuing Nigeria,” he said.
Datti said that on May 24 he withdrew from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Kaduna state governorship primaries on grounds of divergent principles.
“From Jun 25, I began receiving indications of a possible calling to serve my nation again, this time under LP which culminated in my unveiling as the Vice-Presidential candidate of the party on July 8. “I was interviewed by BBC immediately after the event, only to find contents of the said interview misrepresented by another social media page.
“A complaint was immediately made and this page eventually removed the misrepresented news article but only after much damage had been done,” he said.
According to Datti, ever since, indications began to appear about him joining LP, more impostors hurriedly opened more accounts in his name in most cases misspelled or in wrong format.
He said that complaints were duly lodged and registered with the relevant host platforms to no avail.
“I must acknowledge and appreciate the diligence of well-meaning followers who were quick to observe and object to these accounts on basis of their good knowledge of me,” he said.
Datti said that some of these communications have been and continued to be premeditated and designed to set him against legitimate and established responsible religious organisations.
He said that in some cases they portrayed him negatively in relation to certain sentiments and core values of our society.
“There is sufficient justification to conclude that those unholy acts against a real change agent at a politically sensitive period may be sponsored by opponents and enemies of progress.
“This is to disparage me or stain my image and distract the party from the noble objective of rescuing Nigeria,” he said.
The Labour Party (LP) Senatorial Candidate for Southern Kaduna Senatorial Zone, Micheal Auta, says he is still the party’s candidate and advised his supporters to ignore the false rumour and propaganda that he is working for other parties in the state.
Auta disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday in Kaduna.
He described the unfounded allegation that he was working for the All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in the state as very unfortunate.
Auta noted that the false allegation against him emanated from the camp of his political opponents who were out to tarnish his hard-earned reputation.
He said that the sponsored campaign of hate and calumny was a calculated attempt to confuse his supporters, who had remained firm with their trust for just and fair representation come 2023 general elections.
“It is laughable that anyone will accuse me of working for political parties that have lost touch with our present reality.
“I am not working for any political party, and I do not only remain a Labour Party member, but the preferred choice to represent the people of Southern Kaduna in the 2023 general elections.
“People need to stop mounting such a campaign of calumny against their perceived rivals,” Auta said.
The Senatorial candidate, who said he was in the contest to rescue his people from bad leadership challenged those levelling the allegation to come forward with proof or he would take legal action.
He said that the leaders who were voted to give credible representation over the years were carried away by the“sit tight syndrome”rather than facilitate infrastructural developments that would put smiles on the faces of the people.
“I am in the contest to rejig the system, conscientise our people on the need to vote for leaders with impeccable track records that can entrench true democratic values and improve their livelihood.
“I remain committed and ready to change the docile political status quo that has remained insignificant to the plight of our people,” he said.
Auta urged his supporters to remain committed and focus until they achieve the desired goal of voting credible representatives that would improve the quality of their lives.
He also advised the people of Southern Kaduna against mortgaging their future for peanuts during the election and urged them to defend their votes no matter the intimidation by political opponents.
The Labour Party (LP) on Thursday appealed to its members to embark on aggressive mobilisation to ensure the party’s victory in the 2023 general elections.
The party’s Deputy National Chairman, Alhaji Bashiru Apapa, made the appeal at a sensitisation programme for party’s members and the support groups for its Presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi in Ado-Ekiti.
Apapa identified the growing acceptability of the party and its candidate as its strength ahead of the 2023 elections.
He urged members to canvass for more support for the party’s success to make life better for Nigerians.
Apapa said that Obi’s presidential bid enjoyed the support of notable leaders, who were tired of the negative drift of the nation in the hands of its past administrators.
The party chieftain said that Obi’s goodwill and his past achievements were attracting Nigerians to the party.
“We have not experienced what we are experiencing now in terms of people joining the party.
We keep gaining more members and supporters every day; in fact, we are elated.
“There are some people who did not believe that Obi could come out to contest and some leaders are in support of Obi. “We have the support of more than five governors that are supporting the party underneath.
We don’t want to mention their names for now.
“Our candidate’s past achievements have attracted supporters and again, not all of them believe that Nigeria should continue the way it is going now.
“They want change in the country,” he said.
The deputy chairman said that past administrations had made the party the centre of their criticisms, because they were afraid of the growing support from Nigerians, which he attributed to the party’s popularity.
Also, the party’s National Legal Adviser, Mr Akingbade Oyenekan, expressed confidence that the party would secure more votes than all other parties in the South-West. Oyenekan said that people were anxious for solutions to the problems of the country which he said, Obi would provide.
Also, the Labour Party Chairman in Ekiti, Mr Odunayo Okunade, expressed concern that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did not continue with the Continuous Voter Registration in Ekiti after the June 18 governorship election.
Okunade said that such discontinuance would disenfranchise some voters in the 2023 general elections.
The state chairman urged INEC and other stakeholders in the elections to be fair to all political parties toward ensuring free, fair and credible polls.