Since the Labour Party’s National Executive Council (NEC) on Tuesday suspended Acting National Chairperson Lamidi Apapa and five other party members, the situation within the party looks to have worsened.
Due to claimed anti-party acts for which there was no evidence, Apapa and the other concerned members were suspended.
The Nation reports that in addition to Apapa, the other affected members are Samuel Akingbade, the national legal adviser, Mohammed Akali, the national vice-chairman for the north-east, Alhaji Saleh Lawal, the deputy national secretary, Rawland Daramola, the national financial secretary, Prince Reuben Favour, the national vice-chairman for the south, and Samuel Akingbade.
The party’s NEC also backed the Akure convention’s decision to dismiss Comrade Arabambi Abayomi, the party’s national publicity secretary.
On April 6, 2023, Apapa and five other individuals took over the party’s operations as a result of a Federal High Court decision prohibiting Julius Abure from posing as the party chairman.
On April 6, SaharaReporters stated that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party named National Vice-Chairman (South), Apapa, as the interim party chairman in place of suspended chairman Abure.
Apapa recently stated that if the party’s supporters, known as “Obidients,” understood what was going on in the party, they would realize how illiterate they had been. Apapa’s comments came in response to criticism of him and claim that the ruling All Progressives Congress planted him in the party as a mole.
When Apapa appeared on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, he made this statement in response to the charge that his opponents had paid for him to harm the party.
Apapa, who identified himself as an LP founding member, asserted that as the new leader, he had the backing of the party’s members.
“That’s not accurate. Nobody is supporting me, claimed Apapa.
The LP leader continued, “For someone to suddenly say I intend to run down the party, that is a lie.
The LP leader denied suggestions that he was supported by rivals in their effort to demolish the party. As a founding member of the LP, he asserted that he would not.