LP NEC Can’t Suspend Me – Self-styled Acting Chairman Apapa Fumes

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BY EDMOND ODOK – Self-styled Acting National Chairman and factional leader of the Labour Party (LP), Bashir Apapa has declared that the National Executive Committee (NEC) has no right to suspend him from the party without due process.

Insisting that he remains the authentic acting National Chairman of LP, Apapa described his suspension by the NEC over alleged anti-party activities as a joke orchestrated by some disgruntled elements within the party.

Apapa, who also claimed to be enjoying recognition by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), said his so-called suspension as a member of Labour Party is invalid.

Speaking on the Channels Television’s programme, Politics Today, he  maintained that the suspension was null and void because Abure did not have the legal backing to convene the NEC meeting of the party.

The factional acting Chairman explained that his rejection by officials of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) was due to lack of knowledge of the party’s history and the role he played over the years.

On allegations that he was being sponsored by external forces to destabilise the party, Apapa said, “I was not suspended. I was not invited to the NEC meeting. They think that I was not supposed to be there. As of today, I’m the only legitimate acting national chairman of the party.

“I’m not struggling with Abure. I’m there in an acting capacity. The constitution of the party is so clear on this, that for whatever reason, if the National Chairman is unable to perform his role, the deputy takes over.

“That is exactly what has happened. Nobody is sponsoring me. Nobody has suspended me. I remain the acting National Chairman of the party. I maintain that.”

“I’m not suspended”, adding that he was never part of the NEC meeting. I was told (about the suspension) but not invited to the meeting. They (NEC) think I was not supposed to be there. As of today, I’m the only legitimate acting chairman of the party”.

Apapa’s reaction is coming about 24 hours after the party’s NEC suspended him for “anti-party activities, contravening the constitution of the party and running of parallel leadership and putting the party in total disrepute”.

Also suspended alongside the self-styled Acting Chairman are five members of the party’s executive council.

The suspension was handed down to the erring officials at the NEC meeting attended by key stakeholders, including the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, National Assembly members-elect, INEC, NLC, and Trade Union Congress (TUC) among others on Tuesday in Benin, the Edo State capital.

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