Post-Election Drama Rocks LP As Party Suspends 11 Chieftains in Prominent Northern State
- Less than two weeks after the just-concluded 2023 gubernatorial elections, the Labour Party has plunged into crisis
- The popular, acclaimed third-force party have begun to witness a series of internal crisis in the aftermath of the elections
- In Nasarawa state, the Labour Party suspended eleven of its top executive members which includes the secretary, women leader and treasurer
Nasarawa, Lafia - The Nasarawa state arm of the Labour Party has announced the suspension of 11 of its top chieftains in a post-election crisis.
As reported by the Punch newspaper, the announcement was made by the state party chairman Alexander Ombugu via a statement issued on Wednesday, March 29, in Lafia, the state capital.
As contained in the statement, the party said the 11 members were suspended due to allegations of anti-party activities during the just-concluded 2023 gubernatorial polls in Nasarawa state.
The statement confirmed the suspension of executives from the party's state and local government arm. These members include; Dahiru Abubakar (state secretary), Hajara Dalhatu (women leader), and Musa Doma (treasurer).
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According to the statement, other suspended members were from several local government areas in the state.
The statement reads:
“We wish to bring to your notice that the suspended members have gone contrary to the provions of the party’s Constitution in Article 19 Part ‘B’ and No. 2, which stipulate disciplinary measures for anti-party activities that lead to embarrassment, contempt, and ridicule of the party.
“In the build-up to the governorship election, our party governorship candidate, Joseph Ewuga, stepped down for the PDP governorship candidate, David Ombugadu.
“He informed the party and we communicated same to the national body of our great party but these executives of the party in Nasarawa State went ahead to endorse the governorship candidate of another political party without recourse to the Labour Party; that is why they are being suspended today.”
Meanwhile, the party's state chairman confirmed that a five-person committee would be inaugurated to look into the activities of the suspended members before the party finally decided to punish the accused under the statutory stipulations of the Labour Party constitution.
Court Stops Iyorchia Ayu as PDP National Chairman
In another development, the crisis in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken another dimension as a state high court in Benue stopped Iyorchia Ayu as the party's national chairman.
On Monday, March 27, Justice W.I. Kpochi, gave the interim order which restrained Ayu from parading himself as the PDP chairman.
Recall that the executive committee of the PDP in Igyorov Ward of Gboko local government area of Benue state had earlier suspended Ayu on Sunday, March 26.
PDP Substitutes Ayu as National Chairman, Reveals Replacement
Meanwhile, the heat is on in the camp of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the crisis within the party hits a new dimension.
Emerging reports have confirmed that the party has replaced the suspended national chairman Senator Iyorchia Ayu with Umar Damagum.
Damagum is expected to function on an interim basis, pending when the National Working Committee reaches a compromise for a new chairman.