The factional National Chairman of the Labour Party, Mr Lamidi Apapa has faulted Peter Obi for ignoring a court order pronouncing him as the authentic chairman of the party by fraternizing with the Julius Abure’s group. He also denied receiving N500 million from any quarters in order to scuttle the case of the party at the Presidential Election Petition Court, (PEPC).
Briefing newsmen after an attempt on his life by irate youths at the PEPC on Wednesday in Abuja, Apapa denied being influenced by anybody or group to work against the party.
He said that Obi who is seeking to reclaim his mandate from the court must respect the order of the court and not to be biased with his judgment.
He said what happened at the PEPC in the presence of Obi was a disgrace 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 charged Obi to be open-minded and neutral in order to end the crisis.