Lamidi Apapa, the factional chairman of the Labour Party (LP), has threatened to expose Peter Obi, the party’s presidential candidate in the February presidential election.
Recall that Apapa had to deal with bitter exchanges inside the tribunal after he attempted to announce himself as a representative of the party. He made his way to the line of chairs reserved for dignitaries and the petitioners immediately the main door to the courtroom was opened.
As a result, while he was waiting to speak to newsmen on what happened at the courtroom, he was booed by the party’s supporters while his cap was pulled off his head.
The party supporters who are group of youths that identified themselves as “Obidients”, pushed him away from the cameras, insisting that he lacked the right to speak for the party. The commotion went on for a while as aggrieved youths tore his clothes, however, he was taken into protective custody by security operatives at the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
Addressing the media afterwards, Apapa claimed Obi was taking sides with Julius Abure, the LP chairman removed by the court. He also said he does not want to expose Obi, though he deserves to be exposed, having brought to notice that the former governor once denied him in one of his interviews.
Having been in the party for 21 years according to Apapa, he denied not having collected bribes from other political parties to destroy LP from within.
He said “On the allegation of bribe-taking, it’s not true. If you have evidence to prove, bring your evidence that I have collected money or we’ve collected money from anybody. It’s absolutely untrue” .
Apapa also said “Obi’s first campaign started in Benin. I was in Benin with him. And we used his aircraft from Benin back to Abuja–chartered plane. Not only that, when he came to Ekiti (Afe Babalola University), I led the team that hosted him on that campus. We were there for over two hours. I led the team to the palace. And he doesn’t know me?”
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