A group, Forum of Labour Party (LP) House of Assembly Candidates, Anambra State on Thursday said it was optimistic that Presidential candidate of its party, Mr. Peter Obi would reclaim the stolen mandate through the Tribunal.
The group also passed vote of confidence on the leadership of Barr. Julius Abure National Working Committee and Chief Ugochukwu Emeh State Working Committee, for transparent and smooth piloting of the party activities prior, during and after the 2023 General Elections.
In a communique issued by its Coordinator, Mr. OCN Okafor after its monthly meeting in Awka on issues concerning members of the Forum, especially State sponsored petitions against LP members elect, as well as recent issues involving the Labour Party at the National and State levels, the group said it was also confident of other candidates victory at the Tribunal.
The group regretted the renegades, wannabes and meddlesome interpolers led by one Mr. Lamidi Apapa and Peter Okoye, who it described as unknown to party members and paid agents to cause confusion in the party.
It warned them to desist from causing further distractions for the Party, particularly at such critical time of tremendous efforts to recover the party’s stolen mandates.
The communique read in part, “That we commend and pass vote of confidence on the leadership of Barr. Julius Abure National Working Committee and Chief Ugochukwu Emeh State Working Committee, for the transparent and smooth piloting of the party activities prior, during and after the 2023 General Elections.
“We humbly plead for the continued assistance of the NWC of our great Party, especially in providing necessary documents for Members elect whose victory at the polls are being challenged by the enemies of democracy in the State.
“That we are optimistic that our Presidential candidate, His Excellency Mr. Peter Obi and Dr. Datti Baba-Ahmed would reclaim the stolen mandate through the Tribunal, as well as other candidates who are also at the Tribunal.
“That the renegades, wannabes and meddlesome interpolers led by one Mr. Lamidi Apapa and Peter Okoye are unknown to the party members and the general public are adviced to disregard them, as they are paid agents to cause confusion in the party.
“That the only Leadership of our great Party remains the Barr. Julius Abure led NWC as affirmed by the Court, which has vacated the Restraining Order issued against him.
“We therefore call on the renegades and wannabes led by Mr. Lamidi Apapa to understand that the game is up and desist forthwith from causing more distractions for the Party in this critical time of tremendous efforts to recover our stolen mandates.
“That we warn all the mischievous elements in the Anambra State chapter of the Labour Party, especially one Mr. Peter Okoye and Chibueze Adirika, who recently illegally and fraudulently convened and attended a purported State Executive Council meeting of the Party, to desist from such misleading and fraudulent venture as we will spare nothing in exposing them and their criminal transactions with their known sponsors and paymasters.
“While we shall not hesitate to unleash the full weight of the law on perpetrators and their enablers should they refuse to stop, we hereby warn them of the severe consequences of impersonation. The Labour Party in Anambra State remains one united Family under the leadership of Chief Ugochukwu Emeh. Nnanyelugo.
“That we align ourselves with the NEC meeting and decisions reached at the Asaba NEC meeting of our great party, on April 18, 2023, which had in attendance our Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, representatives from the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), State Chairmen, State Secretaries, elected Federal Legislators and INEC monitoring team, as the overall administrative organ of the Party in accordance with Article 14(2)(B)(I) of the Labour Party Constitution 2014 as amended.
“Finally, the Forum wishes to reassure the leadership of our great Party in the State and National of our unflinching support, while urging the law abiding members of the Party and all our teaming supporters in the State to remain calm, strong, loyal and prayerful, as we all support the National and State leaderships of our great Party in their efforts to recover the various stolen mandates of the Party, particularly, that of our Presidential Candidate, H. E. Mr. Peter Obi”
Other members of the group that signed the communique are Hon. Osita Ozalagba, Secretary Anaocha 2 Constituency, Hon. Humphrey Iloh, Spokesperson Njikoka 2 Constituency, Hon. Paul Obu Member-elect Orumba North Constituency, Hon. Henry Nigeria Mbachu Member-elect Awka South 1 Constituency.
Hon. Nkechi Ogbuefi – Member-elect – Anaocha 1 Constituency, Hon. Azubuike Udemezue Member-elect Idemmili North Constituency, Hon. Fred Ezenwa, Member-elect Onitsha South 1 Constituency, Hon. Barr. Jude Umennajiego Member-elect
Onitsha South 2 Constituency
Hon. Barr. Patrick Okafor Member-elect
Onitsha North 2 Constituency, Hon. Justice Azuka Candidate Onitsha North 1 Constituency, Hon. Bewin Ezenwammadu
Candidate Ogbaru 1 Constituency, Hon. Dr. Festus Chukwuemeka Candidate
Anambra West Constituency
Hon. Shedrack Okafor Candidate, Ayamelum Constituency, Hon. Ferdinand Onwuje Candidate Awka North Constituency, Hon. Joseph Okeke
Candidate Awka South 2 Constituency, Hon. Mmaduabuchi Egbo
Candidate Dunukofia Constituency
Hon. Ndubuisi Obijiofor Candidate Njikoka 1 Constituency, Hon. Chibuzor Udekigbo
Candidate Ihiala 1 Constituency, Hon. Amb. Festus Agbazue Candidate Ihiala 2 Constituency, Hon. Jerome Ifeanyi Igwe
Candidate Nnewi South 2 Constituency, Hon. Obumneme Okpala Candidate
Aguata 1 Constituency, Hon. Arinze Ikeabunife Candidate Aguata 2 Constituency