The Lamidi Apapa faction of the Labour Party (LP) has urged Peter Obi, the party’s presidential candidate, to withdraw his case from the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, citing his lack of seriousness.
The faction’s decision came after a recent event in which the court postponed the hearing of Obi and the Labour Party’s petition against the election of President Bola Tinubu.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja yesterday, the factional national publicity secretary of the party, Abayomi Arabambi, emphasised Obi had failed to present any substantial evidence to support his claims since the beginning of the tribunal.
Arabambi noted that Obi took the case to court because his motives differed from the desires of the Nigerian masses who willingly supported the Labour Party.
“We have been closely following the regrettable developments and the approach taken by Peter Obi’s legal team in challenging the outcome of the February 25 presidential election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“Like many Nigerians, we have concluded that Obi is not only deceiving the Nigerian people but also squandering the hard-earned resources donated by Nigerians for this purpose, further enriching himself,” Arabambi stated.
He stressed that it was time for Obi to cease manipulating the thoughts of Nigerians, tricking them into believing that he has something to gain at the end of this process by slyly obtaining funds from them to finance the court proceedings.
Arabambi reminded those present of the altercation that occurred in court with another group, during which INEC announced that Obi was unable to pay for certain essential documents related to the election. Consequently, Obi was only able to present thirty percent of the required materials for the Election Petition Tribunal.
Arabambi questioned the logic of proceeding to the election tribunal with only thirty percent of the necessary documents, knowing that not all of them would be accepted or approved by other political parties.
Arabambi asserted that the court’s actions had confirmed the Apapa faction’s concerns, vindicating their stance.