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Published On: Wed, May 4th, 2016

Anti-Party Activities: Labour Party Suspends Ogboru, 13 Others, Denies Fusion with APC

Great Ogboru

Great Ogboru

LAGOS MAY 4TH (URHOBOTODAY)-As controversy continued to trail the resignation of Chief Great Ogboru from Labour Party (LP), and the party’s merger with the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, the national leadership of the LP said it has suspended him and 13 others.
The LP said it suspended Ogboru, the governorship candidate of the party in Delta State in the 2015 governorship election, over alleged anti-party activities, gross misconduct and conspiracy.

Addressing journalists in Asaba, Alhaji Abdulkadir Salam, National Chairman of Labour Party, said that based on the provision of the LP constitution and the national directives, the party appraised the “anti-party activities, infamous conduct, insolent, rebellion and eventual conspiracy exhibited against the party” by the suspended members.
Reading the letter of suspension dated May 3, 2016 and signed by him, Alhaji Salam described the purported agreement that Ogboru would hand over the structure of the party to Comrade Emeka Nkwoala as frivolous, adding that there was no evidence to that effect.
While rubbishing the resignation of Ogboru from the party, he claimed that Ogboru resigned to an “unfounded and unknown chairman created by him.”
Salam maintained that Chief Tony Ezeagwu apart from being the authentic chairman of the party in the state recognised by the National Secretariat, did not receive any resignation letter from Ogboru but got to know about it on the pages of newspapers.
“It is pertinent to note that, Ogboru with his frivolous allegation of agreement deal with the party handing over the administration of the party to one Emeka Nkwoala without evidence is a fallacy and vexatious. This is because it is evidenced that the LP in Delta State had conducted congresses from the ward level to the state level.
“Consequently, Ogboru with his anti-party activities resigned to an unfounded and unknown chairman created by him, but not the pragmatic, amiable and prestigious LP chairman, Tony Ezeagwu, who did not receive any resignation letter from Ogboru but in the pages of the national dailies,” he stated.
Ogboru had last week written a letter of resignation from the party apparently to prepare ground for the merger talks with All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
Corroborating Salam, Chief Tony Ezeagwu, Chairman of LP, said that the party has never been in negotiation with any political party for fusion.
He particularly said that Ogboru has turned out to be another person since Omo Agege won as a Senator
“I think it is all story as far as I am concerned, I am the state chairman of LP, so if there is any such thing and I am not aware, and it is not real. As far as I am concerned, LP remains Labour Party in Delta State.
“The leadership of the party led by me as the state chairman is not part of any merger talks. So LP remains LP, we are not doing anything with APC as far as the LP that I lead is concerned, I am the final arbiter of the party in Delta State,” Ezeagwu posited.

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