LP has strongly countered the accusations made by the faction led by Lamidi Apapa against Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections. The estranged Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Arabambi, who aligns with the Apapa faction, alleged that Obi was impersonating his deceased elder brother and had sinister intentions toward him.
In response, the Labour Party issued a statement on Monday through Yunusa Tanko, the Chief Spokesperson for the Obi-Datti Media, dismissing Arabambi’s claims as a baseless comedy.
Tanko argued that Arabambi was part of a group of hired individuals engaged in character assassination and defamation to tarnish the reputation of their presidential candidate. Furthermore, he highlighted that Arabambi continued to falsely present himself as a member and publicity secretary of the LP despite not being affiliated with the party.
The statement refuted the allegations against Obi and clarified that his most senior brother is still alive. It was emphasized that one of Obi’s senior brothers who passed away had pursued computer science at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, whereas Obi studied philosophy.
Regarding Arabambi’s assertion that Obi posed a threat to his life, Tanko found the claim laughable, underscoring Obi’s peaceful approach to politics even in the face of severe provocations. He called on the public and the media to recognize Apapa and Arabambi as impostors using the party’s name to spread negative narratives about Peter Obi.
In part, the statement read: “Certain individuals, acting as mercenaries for character assassination, have recently resorted to tarnishing the image of our Presidential candidate, Peter Obi. Leading this group is Abayomi Arabambi, who continues to falsely claim affiliation with the Labour Party as a member and Publicity Secretary, despite his non-membership.
“After several judgments from the Supreme Court of Nigeria that settled issues within the Labour Party, the ongoing fabrication of crises within the party is both misleading and baseless.
“Chief Lamidi Apapa and Arabambi have been attempting to exploit the party’s name while relentlessly disparaging our flag bearer, who stands out as one of Nigeria’s most popular and beloved politicians today.
One of their unfounded claims is that Obi was impersonating his late eldest brother, which can only be described as a ludicrous and comical accusation. Obi’s most senior brother is alive, and one of his late brothers attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, years before Obi and pursued a degree in computer science, while Obi studied philosophy.
Arabambi’s allegation that Obi poses a threat to his life is equally absurd. Obi’s non-violent and peaceable approach to politics, even in the face of extreme provocations such as the unjust loss of his mandate with INEC, speaks for itself.
As Obi continues to encourage scrutiny of his past, recent testimony from Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, the Pope’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic and a Nigerian, attests to Obi’s decades-long dedication to societal well-being and his inherent nature to care for those around him.
These attempts to tarnish his image have failed to uncover any damaging information about him, and as a result, falsehoods and fabrications have been employed. The Labour Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, is present here today.
I hereby urge the public and, in particular, the media, to recognize these individuals as impostors misrepresenting the Labour Party.
CREDIT : DailyPost