From Adanna Nnamani, Abuja

Labour Party (LP) has reiterated its presidential candidate, Peter Obi’s resolve to stay in the party in spite of persistent accusations made against its National Chairman, Julius Abure.

This comes after a Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja, yesterday, reversed the decision of the Federal Capital City High Court, which dismissed the objection raised by Abure challenging his removal as LP chairman.

In a  statement, LP National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, said Obi knew oppositions were behind attacks on the national chairman and that he had not been proven guilty of any fraudulent acts.

He said: “It astonishes us how far our detractors can go in ensuring the party swims from one ocean of crisis to another in their evil desire to create disharmony between the party and our leaders.

“We are aware Abure is not the target of these ferocious and malicious missiles. We are also aware that huge sums of money has been mapped out to wage a propaganda war against our leader ahead of the 2027 general election.

“The feat of the Labour Party in the last general election rattled not a few persons and the fear of the future has driven them to begin so early to prepare ahead. Part of the strategy is to make any political platform unviable for Obi to sail with. The party is also aware that any political party Obi finds himself in as a vehicle for the 2027 presidential election, including the Labour Party, will not be spared by the political hirelings who are already recruited to dismember such a party.

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“Let me emphasise here that even Obi has severally pledged loyalty to the Labour Party due to its social democratic ideology which suits his political vision. Obi will not anymore fellowship with any bourgeoisie party. He is a liberator and not a ruler as seen in the other parties.”

The national publicity secretary, while also speaking on the corrupt enrichment allegations levelled against the national chairman, said: “They are spurious, fairy tale, and a calculated attempt to tar the person of Abure with a dark brush. The audit report by the party’s external auditor gave the party a clean bill of health since 2021 when Abure assumed office.

“As a matter of fact, an earlier forensic audit report carried out in 2017 indicted our suspended treasurer for fraudulently diverting huge sums of money to personal accounts.

“Abure’s only offence was that he refused to allow the continuation of looting while insisting accountability must be enthroned. The very official who was the greatest beneficiary of those sleazes became uncomfortable and started wedging wars.

“We are aware that Abure is still living in a rented apartment in Abuja and that he only recently refurbished a bungalow left for him by his late father as the first son. There is also no law in Nigeria forbidding a citizen from owning properties. Those making all these spurious allegations may have to prove them in the court as the case is already before the court.

“It would also interest you to know that no kobo has ever left the Labour Party bank accounts without a co-signatory; either by the national secretary or the national treasurer. So, the narrative that Abure alone siphoned or diverted the party fund is clearly misleading and orchestrated to muscle him out of office.”