Ebonyi State chapter of the Labour Party, LP, has been embroiled by crisis. As result, the state Chairman, Sabastine Obyia has become the first victim, following a suspension slammed on him by the State Executive Council of the party for anti-party activities, gross misconduct and incompetence.
As nature abhors vacuum, SEC in response has appointed Mr. Odoh Fidelis and Augustine Uguru as Acting Chairman and Secretary of the party, respectively.
In a resolution signed by the twenty-five State Executive Council members, after their emergency meeting and made available to Nigerian Pilot, the party said it had lost confidence in the leadership of the party under Obyia, following what they termed unlawful suspension of the party’s Financial and Organizing Secretaries; Emmanuel Ibe and Augustine Nwankwo, respectively.
The party alleged that the suspended persons by the embattled chairman resisted his (Obyia’s) connivance with some politicians to highjack the party in the state to achieve their selfish ambitions.
The party further accused the embattled chairman of romancing with the PDP in the state to frustrate the ongoing petitions before the Election Petition Tribunal challenging the victory of PDP candidates by candidates of the party in the last general elections.
The party affirmed its unalloyed commitment and support to all the candidates of the party whose petitions are before the ongoing election petitions tribunal in the state.
But the embattled chairman, Sabastine Obyia, said those who claimed to have suspended him were not members of the Labour Party; rather, those recruited by the governorship candidate of LP in the last general elections, Chief Edward Nkwegu.
The embattled LP chairman also expressed dismay that Nkwegu who had earlier congratulated and embraced the winner of the election and PDP candidate, Chief Dave Umahi in public later went ahead to challenge his victory in court.
He stated that the national leadership of the party through the Legal Adviser had applied for the removal of party’s name in the petition filed by various candidates that ran under the party in the last general election, including that of the governorship candidate, Chief Edward Nkwegu after the party discovered that they had joined the All Progressives Congress, APC, and however want to use the party’s name to get victory in the court.
Obyia alleged that it was for this reason that Chief Nkwegu organized some groups of persons who were not members of the party to carry out the purported suspension which he described as unlawful, adding that it was only the national secretariat of the party that had the right to suspend him.
The embattled chairman also denied ever working with the ruling PDP in the state.