In a recent interview, the factional national chairperson of the Labour Party (LP), Lamidi Apapa, provided insight on the party’s dilemma.
Apapa distanced himself from the idea that he works for President Bola Tinubu in an interview with BBC Yoruba.
Apapa claims that he has never received any money from Tinubu, contrary to popular belief.
He urged anyone with proof that he is working for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate to come forward with it.
Apapa stated that he voted for Obi in the presidential election on February 25, 2023, and that he has no issues with Obi.
Speaking on the allegations against him he said, “What I am angry about is that some people accused me of working for President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. As at the moment I speak before you, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has never given me money but he might do that later. The truth of the matter is that I don’t support him. During the election, my vote was strictly for Mr Peter Gregory Obi.
“For those who think I support Tinubu, I have two questions. First, will I help him get more votes after the election? Second, am I the top judge handling Peter Obi’s lawsuit against him? These are the important questions to consider.”
In his take on Obi joining the Labour Party, he said, “I was really excited when Peter Obi expressed his interest in joining our party because it gave us the opportunity to lead the country and gain more attention. This is something many of us who’ve been with the party for a long time have been hoping for.”
Speaking on the crisis in the party, Apapa said, “The important thing to know is that there was a legal case in a federal high court in Abuja. In this case, Barrister Julius Abure and three other important members of our political party were told not to act like leaders of the Labour Party, but they didn’t listen. This is why there was a fight at the presidential election tribunal. Up to now, there’s no proof that I agreed to support Tinubu for his candidacy.”
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