Apapa Denies Withdrawing Obi’s Petitions From Tribunal

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The Lamidi Apapa-aligned National Working Committee (NWC) of the Labour Party has refuted accusations that it has asked the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal to dismiss the petition submitted by Peter Obi, the party’s presidential candidate.

Recall that on Tuesday, the troubled Julius Abure faction alerted the public that Apapa and his team had visited the Abuja tribunal to withdraw Obi’s case contesting the election of Bola Tinubu, the APC Presidential candidate.

The publication, according to Apapa, is laced with intentional lie and is a “epistle of personal bitterness, ignorance, and complete unintelligent outburst.”

In a statement by the faction’s Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Arabambi, Apapa said Abure has been restrained by the Abuja High Court “over confirmed allegations of forgery of Court seal” and others, saying it is not new that he could engage in “cheap blackmail to gain public sympathy in order to cover up his criminal tracks.”

He challenged Abure to produce a copy of the letter which Apapa or the Secretary signed to seek the withdrawal of the petition at the tribunal.

While saying he and his team would not be intimidated by “these wicked lies”, Arabambi pointed out that the publication was “a well orchestrated plan by Abure to incite violence and chaos in order to make Nigeria ungovernable.”

The statement quoted the Labour Party leader as saying that he and his team would not engage in any verbal war with those he called “pedestrian political misfits and despots”, saying it was obvious that “Abure is trying to whip up sentiment on his travails.”

He concluded that the Labour Party under the leadership of Apapa, stands with Obi on the “mission to reclaim the mandate freely given to him and our party during the February 25th 2023 Presidential and National Assembly election.