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  • Updated: May 24, 2024

Labour Party: Peter Obi campaign spokesman accused of plot to hijack party

Labour Party: Peter Obi campaign spokesman accused of plot t

As the Labour Party's crisis takes a new turn, the Julius Abure leadership has accused Yunusa Tanko, the campaign spokesman for its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, of colluding with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to hijack the party.

The charge was made in a statement issued on Friday by Obiora Ifoh, the party's National Publicity Secretary.

Allnews.ng had reported that  Tanko said on Wednesday that Obi's visit to the LP Secretariat on Tuesday was a reconciliatory move rather than an endorsement, as some in the media have interpreted.

According to him, his principal also met with the Nigeria Labour Congress Political Commission in the early hours of Wednesday to resolve their disagreement with the party.

The media has been rife with reports of Obi and his supporters meeting with the party's leadership in the national secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday.

A few hours after his visit, a segment of the media described the meeting as open support of the Abure-led NWC, which has been battling the NLC for validity since the disputed national convention that restored the executives to office.

In response to Tanko's statement, the party's spokesman questioned Tanko for making disparaging accusations about the party. 

But reacting to the statement of Tanko, the party's Spokesman questioned Tanko for making unflattering remarks about the party. 

The statement reads, “The attention of the leadership of the Labour Party has been drawn to numerous media reports in which Dr. Tanko Yunusa has been quoted as speaking for the party’s National Leader, Peter Obi at the illegal, unconstitutional meeting convened by the Political Commission of the Nigeria Labour Congress.

“We have also watched Tanko’s recent media outbursts where he has ferociously attacked the leadership of the party, particularly after the successful national convention, where he had schemed with the NLC with the assurances that he would drive the new leadership of the party. We must state here that he cannot surreptitiously in connivance with the NLC hijack the leadership of the party through the back door."

It added, “Tanko in his usual way of concocting lies also said that Peter Obi had met with the political arm of the NLC and the TUC on Wednesday morning. We have fact-checked and found out that this was another blatant lie by the self-appointed spokesperson of Peter Obi.

"I must state here clearly that he does not have the permission of Obi to speak on his behalf. The expressions he made at the NLC stakeholders’ meeting and the press release were his personal views.”

The party chastised Tanko, pointing out that during his 13-year tenure as the National Conscience Party's national chairman and presidential candidate, he solely utilised the office to negotiate with the party in government.

It also said that even at the state level, the NCP has gained notoriety for utilising the party to negotiate with the federal government.

“As a national chairman, his party could not produce a single councillor all through his time. By the time he came to the Labour Party, cap in hand begging, the leadership of the party decided to rehabilitate him politically.

"He was appointed as a director of media in the party and subsequently seconded to be the spokesperson of the presidential campaign council which has since been dissolved immediately after the election.

“We would like to warn Tanko Yunusa to stop dropping the name of Peter Obi everywhere he goes and be man enough to stand on his pedigree when attending illegal meetings such as the one conducted by the NLC’s Political Commission.

 “We are also calling on the NLC’s Political Commission to wake up from their slumber and stop constituting public nuisance with their so-called Interim Leadership. They must realize that Nigeria is a country with law and that the law does not support their actions.

"Since they have chosen to dance naked in the market square, we have refused to go low with them. But we only want to assure them that for every action there will certainly be a reaction.”

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