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Peter Obi Candidacy Threatened As Crisis In Labour Party Deepens

Awamaridi claimed he was neither removed nor replaced through any legal process, according to a telephone conversation with Newsmen on Friday.

Ifagbemi Awamaridi, the factional chairman and governorship candidate for the Labour Party in Lagos State, has warned that attempts to usurp his authority as the “bonafide chairman and governorship candidate of the party” will result in the rejection of Peter Obi’s bid for the presidency.

Awamaridi claimed he was neither removed nor replaced through any legal process, according to a telephone conversation with Newsmen on Friday.

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He continued by mentioning that the topic was still the subject of a legal lawsuit.

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Regarding the roles of the chairman and the governorship candidate, the Lagos State chapter of the LP has been mired in a leadership conflict.

Awamaridi added that the Independent National Electoral Commission still had his name posted as a contender for governor.

Awamaridi said, “There is a governorship candidate of the party, which has been published by INEC, and that candidate has not withdrawn, and that candidate has not died.

“For someone to say that he is organising a second primary election, that person is a political comedian. They (some members of the national leadership) have been compromised by money because whatever they are doing does not have any cerebral basis.”

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Speaking on the state chairmanship position of the party, he said, “I am still the state chairman of the LP. You can go and refer to the constitution of the Labour Party. There is a procedure for removing an officer from the party.

“The document with which they said they appointed Kayode Salako was disclosed through a press statement on July 23, 2022, and it was fraudulently backdated to the 18th of May 2022.

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“That document can never hold water. In the first place, he (Salako) is not a member of the LP; he is a member of the All Progressives Congress. Furthermore, it means that Peter Obi is not the presidential candidate of the LP. It means that as of the 18th of May, Kayode Salako was the Chairman of LP.

“I, as the Chairman of the LP, Lagos State, led the delegates from Lagos that elected Peter Obi to be the presidential candidate on May 30, 2022 (at the special convention).

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“So, you are now saying that the delegates that went to the convention from Lagos State are illegal and that delegates that went to that primary election were defective, and that the convention is tantamount to be invalidated.

“Parties are now going for the Certified True Copies of that document in Abuja because they want to use it against Peter Obi. The moment you can prove that the primary was defective, you invalidate the congress and then you nullify the candidate of the party.

“That is what the originators of the Labour Party want to achieve, having been compromised with financial gratification or other things.”

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In response to Awamaridi, the party’s national publicity secretary, Abayomi Arabambi, asserted that they had not received any information regarding the situation.

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According to the party’s constitution, Arabambi claimed that Awamaridi had ceased to be a party member because he had failed to attend the required number of meetings and had neglected to pay his dues.
Additionally, he refuted the assertion that Peter Obi’s candidacy was threatened.

 

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