Labour Party Factional Chairman Lamidi Apapa Suspends Kenneth Okonkwo, 11 Others Over Alleged Anti-Party Activities

A factional National Executive Coucil of the Labour Party National Executive, accused of working to destroy the party, led by Alhaji Bashiru Lamidi Apapa, has purportedly suspended the Spokesperson of the party’s Presidential Campaign Council, Kenneth Okonkwo, and 11 other party executives over what it described as unruly behaviour against Alhaji Lamidi Apapa’s leadership.

The 12 members were suspended for allegedly issuing a statement without the authority of the faction led by Apapa, who are seen by many as not the legitimate leaders of the party.

Recall that the Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi had recently affirmed that Barrister Julius Abure, who was suspended by an Abuja High Court, remains the authentic chairman of the party.

The suspension of the party chieftains was contained in a communique issued at the end of its National Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday in Bauchi State, North Central Nigeria.

The communique partly reads, “That the NEC in session also considers the action of twelve (12) of its members namely: Obiora Ifo, Kenneth Okonkwo, Pst. Mrs Adebayo Ekong, Com. P.G. Igene, Egnr. Adeola Adebanjo, Pst. Funke Awolowo, Sam Emeka Okpala, Barr. Folusho Leigh, Folakemi Collins, Com. Olubunmi Adesanya, Lanre Adenuga and Dr Olatubosun Oswald for their anti-party activities and unruly behaviour against the party leadership which include issuing statements without the authority of the party.”

“The NEC in session, therefore, suspended them from the party.”

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