Labour Party state chairmen threaten election boycott over mobilisation
Fresh cracks appeared to have hit the Labour Party as state chairmen allege being neglected by their presidential candidate, Peter Obi, in the running of campaign and mobilisation activities, a few days before the election.
According to them, Obi has failed to recognise the important role of the 36 state chapters’ leadership but rather choose to work with cronies and support groups.
The Gombe State LP chairman and co-ordinating chairman for the 36 States, Sani Abdulsalam at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, said such tendencies could affect the party’s performance at the polls.
He was accompanied by the national vice chairman (North East), Mohammed Alkali and the Yobe State chairman, Ibrahim Bukar, amongst others.
Abdulsalam alleged that money meant for the mobilisation of poll agents was withheld by the national chairman, Julius Abure.
He hinted that monies expected to be channelled to polling unit agents through state chairmen or national officers have not been done, stressing the fundamental need for polling unit agents for winning elections.
While bemoaning the paucity of LP’s polling unit agents, among other things, he accused Obi of insensitivity and high-handedness.
Abdulsalam said, “I speak on behalf of 36 state Chairmen of our party in my capacity as the Coordinating Chairman.
“We have never been respected by the party leadership and also our presidential candidate has no respect for our party executives at state levels because Peter Obi deliberately mismanaged our goodwill with the imposition of his members and other support groups that decamped with him in May 2022 to our party.
“Of note, Wednesday, February 22, 2023, was the meeting we had with the National Chairman in the party head office where a discussion was held about the logistics support for state chapters and National officers towards effective Mobilisation of our members for the presidential and National Assembly election on Saturday, February 25, 2023.
“To our surprise, the National Chairman said the Presidential candidate has no confidence in all the 36 state chapters’ leadership but would rather choose to work with their cronies and support group that came with him.
“The greatest shock from the National Chairman was that money for agents will not be sent to any State Chairman or National officers except those three NWC members including a woman and that all state Chairmen and 19 other members already picked by Mr Peter Obi himself will be given monies meant for party agents and an alert will be received by 10 pm tonight Wednesday, February 22, 2023.
“As of now, no alert has been received by any State Chairmen and information reaching us confirmed that money was paid based on ethnic and religious consideration because only persons of a particular ethnic group currently run the campaign of Mr Peter Obi in cohort with the National Chairman, has polluted the party.
“As members of the Labour Party National Executive and National Working Committee, it is our considered opinion and informed conclusion that Peter Obi cannot win this election since all party executives have been sidelined. He is not ready and is grossly ill-prepared for the Presidential race.”