2027: We won’t give Obi LP ticket, Apapa faction vows
The Lamidi Apapa faction of the Labour Party has advised the 2023 presidential candidate of the party, Peter Obi, to seek another political platform to pursue its presidential ambition ahead of the 2027 elections.
The Apapa faction, whose authenticity was recently affirmed by the Edo Division of the Court of Appeal, said it had started shopping for another presidential candidate ahead of 2027.
The spokesman for the faction, Abayomi Arabambi, made this known on Wednesday in an exclusive interview with newsmen.
Arambambi spoke against the backdrop of the appeal filed by Obi at the Supreme Court on Tuesday to challenge the verdict of the Presidential Election Petitions Court, which reaffirmed President Bola Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 presidential election.
The Apapa-led faction of the LP had distanced itself from the decision of Obi and the Julius Abure faction to challenge Tinubu’s victory in court.
On August 14, the Edo division of the Court of Appeal declared Apapa as the authentic National Chairman of the Labour Party.
Speaking to our correspondent on Wednesday, Arabambi said Obi should not waste his time pursuing an appeal against Tinubu’s victory at the Supreme Court.
According to him, Obi clearly lost the election due to his alleged mismanagement of human resources.
But the spokesman for Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Yunusa Tanko, dismissed Arabambi’s threat, saying “They (the Apapa faction) don’t own Labour Party. That’s why I don’t want to take issues with them. There is no need to give these people attention.”
Also, the LP National Legal Adviser, Kehinde Edun, chided the Apapa faction, saying it is the Abure faction that the Independent National Electoral Commission recognized.
He said, “Do they have any authority over the party? They are suspended members of the party. So, how can they determine who becomes the flag bearer? These people have turned to comedians.