The Labour Party (LP) has responded to a petition from disgruntled members and stakeholders calling for the resignation of Barrister Julius Abure, the LP National Chairman, over corruption allegations. The petition, signed by party members and representatives, highlighted accusations of a compromised and transactional party under Abure’s leadership.
In response, the National Publicity Secretary of LP, Obiora Ifoh, issued a statement cautioning the aggrieved members against further escalation of the crisis within the party. Ifoh emphasized that criticisms should be constructive, aimed at fostering growth and development within the party.
Moreover, Ifoh disowned the signatories of the petition, alleging that they were not genuine card-carrying members of the party and had failed to secure victories in their respective Local Government Areas and States during elections. He pointed out that some of them were relatively new to the party, lacking understanding of its culture and internal workings.
Ifoh stated, “Labour Party has had its fair share of intra-crisis, and we think that members should desist from escalating further crisis. Being new joiners and not knowing the culture of the party (some of them just a few months old in the party), of course, that is what you get when ignorance and overzealousness overwhelm your reasoning.”
He also highlighted the electoral achievements of certain party members, including Barrister Julius Abure, citing his significant support in Edo state. The statement concluded by urging members to focus on constructive engagement and adherence to party principles rather than engaging in destructive criticism.