Three well-known party members have been suspended for anti-party activities by the Labour Party in Kaduna State, which has also declared its split from the Lamidi Apapa-led group.
The party suspended Hon. Bashir Idris Aliyu, Michael Ayuba Auta, and Ibrahim Sidi Bamali at an urgent State Executive Council meeting held in Kaduna.
According to Yusuf Idris, a spokesman for the party, the suspended members had met with Lamidi Apapa, the factional leader, at a meeting.
The Labour Party’s National Working Committee will be informed of their suspension for further action.
Party members reaffirmed their allegiance to Hon. Auwal Tafoki, the state’s chairman, and cautioned the public against recognizing anyone else in that capacity.
The communique issued following the conference criticized the alternative institutions being built by the Apapa faction, which was believed to be intended to sabotage the presidential campaigns of Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed in 2023.
In addition, the statement reiterated the party’s allegiance to Julius Abure’s National Working Committee and ruled that any decisions made by the Apapa faction were invalid.
According to Jonathan Asake, the party’s candidate for governor in the state, the current issue is an effort to thwart Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed’s hopes of winning the 2023 Presidential election.
The statement reads, “Following the sudden emergence of a renegade group in the Labour Party led by one Lamidi Apapa, our great party is being assaulted by agents of destabilisation and commotion.
“The intention is to create parallel structures at the National level and all over the states to lend support to the dirty agenda of scuttling the mandate of Mr Peter Obi and Dr Datti Baba-Ahmed in the 2023 Presidential elections.
“Therefore, we the State Executive Council of the Labour Party in Kaduna state, having met today, have unequivocally resolved as follows.
“That we totally dissociate ourselves from the illegal and counterfeit group of the Labour Party led by Lamidi Apapa.
“We hereby affirm and assert our loyalty, support and commitment to the Labour Party and the National Working Committee of our great party led by our lawfully recognised National Chairman, Julius Abure.
“Consequent upon the above, all appointments and decisions made by the Apapa group on behalf of our great Party remain null and void.”
“For the records, the Chairman of the Labour Party in Kaduna State remains Auwal Tafoki. Any other person parading himself in the above position is blatantly committing impersonation and may face the wrath of the law.
“All identified card-carrying members of the Labour Party who were part of the so-called NEC meeting that took place in Bauchi, Bauchi state, Wednesday, 3rd, May 2022 hereby stand suspended from the party.
“Among those identified and affected by this decision are the following: Bashir Idris Aliyu, Ibrahim Sidi Bamali, and Michael Ayuba Auta.
“We call on our members and the general public to disregard anyone or group parading him or themselves as State officials of the Labour Party in Kaduna State outside the duly constituted and recognised state Exco led by Auwal Tafoki.
“We, therefore, call on all our members and teeming supporters to remain calm and law-abiding even in the face of the unwarranted provocation by divisive agents.”
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