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2023: Controversy trails Peter Obi as fresh LP presidential candidate emerges



By Teide Emomotimi

Controversy has trailed Peter Obi’s legibility of Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate following a factional election conducted by aggrieved members where Jude Ezenwafor, a former chairman of the party in Anambra State emerged as the fresh presidential candidate of the party.

The faction held its presidential election in Abuja on Wednesday.

This came on the heels, a week after a former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi, was elected as the LP’s presidential candidate which was organised by the Julius Abure-led faction of the party.

“I am on a rescue mission to free Nigerian from social, economic and political crises currently bedeviling it.

“Labour Party will win the general election. Our party is going to take over Nigeria and bring back the glory Nigeria needs.

“I have been in the corridors of government for the past 20 years. We are here on a rescue mission,” Ezenwafor added, according to NAN.

Sequel to Obi’s emergence as the presidential candidate, the chairman of another faction of the party, Calistus Okafor, had challenged the legitimacy of the Abure-led faction before Abuja Federal High Court.

In May 30, the presiding judge, Inyang Ekwo, ordered that the LP and some of its executives be served with a fresh suit challenging the party’s leadership.

However, the court adjourned the matter till June 30 for further mention.

Recall, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given all political parties until June 9 to conclude their primaries.