ABEOKUTA – The National leadership of Labour Party headed by Lamidi Apapa has vowed to expel its 2023 Presidential candidate, Peter Obi from the party if he fails to apologize to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu over his attack on the federal government.
Peter Obi had attacked the President Bola Tinubu-led government of sponsoring 1,411 delegates to COP28, the same number as China.
Obi, in series of tweets on his X handle on Sunday, said in a twist of sad irony, “let me congratulate the giant of Africa, Nigeria, for matching the great China, with the same number of contingents at the ongoing COP28 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Nigeria’s contingent to COP28 totaled 1411, the same number as the Chinese contingents.”
But the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, said the Federal Government sponsored 422 delegates to the ongoing COP28 in Dubai, not 1,411.
However, the Labour Party has risen to the defense of the presidency, saying Peter Obi shunned out fictitious and unfounded figures and indices.
LP in a press statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Arabambi and made available to journalists in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital said Peter Obi’s outburst exposed his shallow intellectual capacity and his quest to wallow in character assassination of President Bola Tinubu.
Arabambi emphasized that, the lies in the form of figures, data, indices, and parameters quoted by the Labour Party’s Presidential candidate have been found to be the handiwork of a frustrated self-acclaimed opposition leader bereft of spirit of patriotism.
Reacting to Peter Obi’s statement on 2023 Global Slavery Index Reports, Labour Party maintained that, Peter Obi ought to have been embarked on an in-depth research before coming to the public sphere to dish out fake indices and data.
The noted that, the countries with the highest prevalence of modern slavery in Africa are Eritrea, Mauritania and South Sudan with Nigeria adjudged to be a country enjoying minimal cases of modern slavery.
The party, therefore, distances itself from the unguided utterances of Peter Obi.
Arabambi said, “Basking on the euphoria of 2023 Presidential Election defeat shock, Peter had come up recently with his style of deceptive politics of shunning out fictitious and unfounded figures and indices on national issues where he lied that the federal government sponsored Delegation to Dubai was 1,411 as against 422.
“Peter Obi’s destructive criticism of the Nigerian State on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery came from one who is myopic about the topical issues in the world at large,and Nigeria in particular.
“Peter Obi’s outburst of confusion regarding the Walk Free Organisation Global Slavery Index Reports of 2023 has further exposed his shallow intellectual capacity and campaign of calumny against the Nigerian State and further exposes his quest to wallow in character assassination of Mr. President to gain underserved sympathy
“Nigerians are always enjoined to go through researches to get first-hand information themselves, rather than rely their views on falsehood peddled by Peter Obi to discredit Nigeria.
“The lies in the form of figures, data, indices and parameters quoted by Peter Obi have been found to be the handiwork of a frustrated self-acclaimed opposition leader,bereft of spirit of patriotism and goodwill to the nation.
“The LP National Chairman Alh Bashiru Lamidi Apapa therefore distance the party from the unguided utterances of Peter Obi, who is well known for cooking up figures, data and indices to deceive the gullible Nigerians and his daft infamous Ethnic irredeemable irresponsible irredentist obi-dient supporters.
Nigerians must disregard the malicious and false erroneous piece, dished out by Peter Obi on the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, since Nigeria had cleared herself from the menace of slavery since 1945.
Rather than Mr. Peter Obi continues to pour bittered acidic verbal invectives on the person of the President of the Federal Republic through his usual selective approach in responding to societal ills, Labour Party wishes to draw Mr. Peter Obi attention to the Abia State institutionalized slavery of workers, manifest executive rascality, policy somersault, lawlessness and corruption.
“Mr. Peter Obi messianic quest has made it very hard for him to detached himself from selfish aggrandizement.
“His deceptive pursuit for a better society has greatly affected his sense of reasons over his failure to call Governor Alex Otti of Abia State to order.
“Nigerians must also note that both NLC and TUC leaderships failed in their responsibilities to rescue workers in From the clutches of suffering and maladministration.
“Finally the National Chairman of Labour party Alh Bashiru Lamidi Apapa here by give Mr Peter Obi a 72 hours ultimatum to tender unreserved apology to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR and Nigeria over the false and misleading information
“Failure to complies with this directives will leave Labour party with no other option than to begin the process of his political extradition back to PDP.”