*Suspends three members
*Insists Tafoki remaims Kaduna Chair
By JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The artificial crisis in Labour Party is being sponsored by a political bandit to scuttle their presidential candidate, Peter Obi’s petition at electoral petition tribunal.
Public Relations Officer (PRO), Labour Party, Kaduna State, Idris Yusuf expressed this, while reading the resolution of an emergency State Executive Council (SEC), Meeting held in Kaduna on Saturday May 6, 2023.
“Following the sudden emergence of a renegade faction in the Labour Party led by one Lamidi Apapa, our great party is being assaulted by agents of destabilisation and commotion. But, as much as they have tried, it is clear that the vast majority of our party members and, indeed, the millions of our party supporters are watching the shameful drama carried out by these enemies of democracy with disdain.
“The public should note that the entire drama of indignity going on is being sponsored by an electoral bandit whose main aim is to use a fake Labour Party NWC to scuttle the weighty petition that the Labour Party and our Presidential Peter Obi tabled before the Presidential Election Tribunal.
“The intention is to create parallel structures at the National level and over the states to lend support to the dirty agenda of scuttling the mandate of Mr Peter Obi and Dr Datti Baba-Ahmed in the 2023 Presidential elections,” he said.
According to him, “therefore we the State Executive Council of the Labour party in Kaduna State, having met today, have unequivocally resolved as follows:
“That we totally dissociate ourselves from the illegal and counterfeit group of the Labour Party led by one Lamidi Apapa.
“We hereby affirm and assert our loyalty, support and commitment to the National Working Committee of our great Party led by our lawfully recognised National Chairman, Barrister Julius Abure.
“Consequent upon the above, all appointments and decisions made by the the Apapa group on behalf of great Party remain null and void,” the resolution said.
The SEC insisted that for the records, the Chairman of the Labour Party in Kaduna State remains Hon Auwal Tafoki.
“Any other person parading himself in the above position is blatantly committing impersonation and may face the wrath of the law,” they warned.
According to the resolution of the meeting, all identified card-carrying members of the Labour Party who were part of the so-called NEC meeting that took place in Bauchi, Bauchi State Wednesday on May 3, 2022 stand suspended from the party.
“Among those identified and affected by this decision are the following:
i) Hon Bashir Idris Aliyu
Ii) Alh. Ibrahim Sidi Bamali.
iii) Engr Michael Ayuba Auta.
“These three stand suspended and this decision will be forwarded to the National Working Committee of the Labour Party and other relevant bodies for further actions,” the resolution stressed.
They therefore, called on their members and the general public to disregard anyone or group parading him or themselves as State officials of the Labour Party in Kaduna State outside the duly constituted and recognized state Exco led by Hon Auwal Tafoki.
“Once more, Kaduna State Labour Party is committed to ensuring that the party remains united and becomes the most formidable political platform in the state and in Nigeria that will produce visionary and transformational leaders that will take our country to greater height. We therefore, cannot be distracted by a few disgruntled elements whose major aim is to service their greed to the detriment of the party and the country.
“We therefore, call on all our members and teeming supporters to remain calm and law abiding even in the face of the unwarranted provocation by divisive agents,” the SEC warned.