LP Faction Urges Peter Obi to Withdraw Petition Against Tinubu: A Question of Seriousness
In a surprising turn of events, the Lamidi Apapa faction of the Labour Party has called upon its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, to withdraw his case from the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal. The faction accuses Obi of lacking seriousness in pursuing the petition against President Bola Tinubu’s election victory. This plea comes after a recent incident where the court stepped down from hearing the petition, further raising doubts about the legitimacy of Obi’s claims. Additionally, the LP faction criticizes the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria for their opposition to the new pump price of petrol, reaffirming their stance on fuel subsidy removal.
Questioning Obi’s Motives:
During a press conference held in Abuja, the factional National Publicity Secretary of the LP, Abayomi Arabambi, expressed his concerns regarding the lack of concrete evidence presented by Obi’s legal team at the PEPT. Arabambi suggests that Obi’s motives for challenging Tinubu’s victory may differ from the aspirations of the Nigerian masses who supported the LP. He accuses Obi of taking Nigerians for a ride and wasting the resources generously donated for the cause, potentially even benefiting personally from these actions.
Doubts About Obi’s Commitment:
Arabambi highlights specific incidents that cast doubt on Obi’s commitment to the case. He mentions the altercation in court with Julius Abure’s group, during which INEC announced Obi’s failure to pay for critical documents. This resulted in Obi presenting only 30 percent of the required materials for the tribunal hearing. Arabambi questions the rationale behind bringing an incomplete set of documents and casts doubt on the seriousness of Obi’s legal team, which includes prominent Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs). Moreover, he points out that the team failed to file any process on the given day, further fueling suspicions of Obi’s intentions.
LP Faction’s Call for Withdrawal:
In light of these circumstances, the LP faction calls upon Peter Obi to step down from his selfish ambition and cease disrupting the party if he has no substantial evidence to present to the tribunal. The faction emphasizes the importance of consistency, stating that if the LP campaigned on the promise to remove fuel subsidy, they cannot deviate from that position. They criticize the Nigeria Labour Congress for calling for a strike against the removal of fuel subsidy, suggesting that it contradicts the LP’s stance. The faction maintains that Obi’s statements regarding subsidy as an organized crime should align with the actions of organized labor, questioning the motives behind their opposition.
The call from the LP faction for Peter Obi to withdraw his petition against President Bola Tinubu’s election victory highlights concerns over the lack of seriousness displayed by Obi and his legal team. The faction questions Obi’s motives, suggesting that his actions may not align with the wishes of the Nigerian masses who supported the LP. The faction further emphasizes the importance of consistency, particularly regarding the LP’s stance on fuel subsidy removal. With doubts raised about Obi’s commitment, the future of the case and its impact on the party remain uncertain.