Labour Party (LP) has warned all aspirants wishing to vie for any elective post under its platform to wait for the dates chosen by the National Executive Council (NEC) of the pasty as approved by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, the chairman, FCT chapter of the party, Mr. Joseph Ndirang said the warning was sequel to alleged infractions and disregard to the party’s constitution and constituted authority by LP’s embattled national chairman, Mr. Abdulkadir Abdulsalam and the deputy national secretary, Mr. Julius Abure.
Ndirang said the two men had been indicted and removed as leaders of the party after police carried out investigation and a forensic audit and found that they collected huge sums of money from innocent aspirants and diverted same to personal use.
“In the past, the duo simply coaxed innocent and unsuspecting aspirants to pay huge sums of money for nomination forms and some ridiculous waiver charges that never got to the party.
“No aspirant should pay a dime to the duo but pay to a screening committee instituted under the leadership of the Chairman Board of Trustees (BOT) having representatives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC),national working committee and NEC as members,” he said.
He alleged that Abdulsalam and Abure had turned the party into a private plaything and “are currently sacking state chairmen all over the country and swearing in a state congress holding at the national office.”
“SEC has resolved to move the FCT state office of the party to Labour House temporarily, pending the final resolution of the matters by the NEC and NLC leaderships. All persons having dealings with the FCT Chapter should contact us at the Labour house henceforth.
“Since 2018 is conventional time for LP ward, local government and state congresses, SEC resolved to await the party’s NEC decision on dates for congresses and as will be approved by INEC. Any so-called ‘kangaroo congress called by Salam and Abure without INEC and the present state executives, is unconstitutional, null and void.
“SEC also pledged its unflinching support and loyalty to the constitutional organs of the party (NWC and NEC) and to the leader of the NLC under Dr. Ayuba Wabba. SEC expresses confidence in the NLC political commission led by Dr. Najee Yasin and further affirms its resolve to abide by all lawful decisions from them.”
“SEC passed a vote of confidence on the present FCT LP chairman, Comrade Joseph Ndirang who also doubles as the newly elected chairman of all chairmen’s forum in Nigeria…” he said.