Lamidi Apapa, the acting national chairman, and five other party opposers have been placed on administrative leave by the Labour Party National Executive Council (NEC).
Alh. Saleh Lawal, the deputy national secretary, Rawland Daramola, the national financial secretary, Prince Reuben Favour, the national vice-chairman for the south, Samuel Akingbade, the national legal adviser, and Mohammed Akali, the national vice-chairman for the north, are among those who have been suspended.
According to news sources, the party chieftains’ suspension was without explanation.
The NEC also confirmed and reiterated the Akure convention’s decision to expel the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Arabambi Abayomi.
The suspension of Apapa and his acting executive was declared by the NEC at a meeting in Asaba, the capital of Delta state.
At the meeting, the party gave the Abure-led NWC a vote of confidence.
Members of the National Working Committee, State Chairmen, State Secretaries, Party Presidential Candidate Peter Obi, Elected Members of the National Assembly, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and Trade Union Congress (TUC) were present at the NEC meeting.
The current National Working Committee of the party has its term extended by the NEC by an additional year.
Remember that on April 6, 2023, Apapa and five other individuals assumed control of the party’s business as a result of a Federal High Court order prohibiting Julius Abure and three other individuals from acting as the party’s chairman.
Following the court’s restraining order, Apapa, the vice chairman for the south, assumed control of the party until the restraining order was lifted.
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