Lamidi Apapa opens up on receiving N‎500 million to instigate crisis in labour party

The factional Chairman of the Labour Party, Mr Lamidi Apapa has reacted to allegations that he received N500 million from the opposition parties to scuttle the case of the party at the Presidential Election Petition Court, (PEPC). Apapa denied the allegation. He spoke after being disgraced at the Presidential Election Petition Court on Wednesday. Speaking to newsmen, Apapa has asked the presidential candidate of the party in the Feb. 25 Presidential Election, Mr Peter Obi to intervene in the leadership tussle of the party objectively with a view to resolving it. Briefing newsmen after escaping being lynched by irate youths at the PEPC on Wednesday in Abuja, Apapa denied receiving any money or being influenced by anybody or group to work against the party. He said that Obi must be unbiased and objective in handling the crisis in order to resolve the leadership tussle. Apapa decried what happened at the PEPC in the presence of Obi, describing it as disgraceful and a test to Obi’s leadership quality. The factional chairman said that the leadership crisis would have been put behind them if the presidential candidate had respected an order of the FCT High Court. The FCT High court had ordered Julius Abure and three others to stop parading themselves as national officers of the party. Tracing the genesis of the crisis, Apapa said that immediately the order of court was served on the parties, he was unanimously selected to lead the party in acting capacity. He said that it was wrong for Obi to be according respect to Abure in spite of the order of the court and as a presidential candidate seeking justice from the same court of law. He implored Obi to be open minded and neutral in order to end the crisis. In attendance at the briefing were the Deputy National Chairman of the Party in the North, Mr Mike Auta, the National Publicity Secretary, Olufemi Arabambi and the Acting Women Leader, Rukkayat Salihu.