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  • Updated: February 26, 2024

Edo 2024: Lamidi Apapa’s letter to INEC fraudulent – LP

Edo 2024: Lamidi Apapa’s letter to INEC fraudulent – LP

The Labour Party (LP) Chairman, Julius Abure has declared that a letter reportedly submitted by the estranged former Vice Chairman, Lamidi Apapa, to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) containing the names of governorship aspirants is misleading and fraudulent. 

The party asserted that some renegade forces were attempting to cause disarray inside the party.

Obiora Ifoh, the party's National Publicity Secretary, revealed this in a statement released to journalists in Abuja on Sunday.

He advised Nigerians to disregard the letter, claiming that the party's leadership was aware of it, written by "a dissident group and former party members."

According to him, Apapa and his gang were seeking recognition for Anderson Uwadiae Asemote and Monday Ojore Mawa as gubernatorial and deputy governorship candidates respectively.  

He did, however, say that the letter did not come from the party and should therefore be ignored.

Ifoh said, “Nigerians are sufficiently aware that the authors of the letter in circulation are fraudulent and desperate people seeking for recognition and also unrelentingly working towards obtaining by tricks from unsuspecting Nigerians as they have done in recent elections.

“As it is done in every corporate or governmental institution, letters or any correspondences are received with a stamp of acknowledgement.

“As it is a custom, if you write any letter to INEC, the commission is expected to receive it after due verification.

“Though acknowledgement of a correspondent does not imply recognition or acceptance of its content but we however insist that INEC must henceforth verify signatories of any future correspondences as it concerns Labour Party before acknowledgement.

“Nigerians will recall that on the 22nd of February, two other political parties; namely APC and PDP had their parties primaries and that on the following day, Labour Party also had its primaries where it elected Barrister Olumide Akpata as its candidate.

“These events were televised live on notable television stations. INEC officials led by the state electoral commissioner also observed the very successful primaries.

“How on earth could a group of persons conduct a primary election that was not known or heard by the public and was not covered by the media, and went ahead to ask the INEC to act on their correspondence?

“INEC knows that there was no primary; it did not supervise any other primary but the one conducted by the Party led by Barrister Julius Abure.”

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