The Labour Party’s leadership issued a stern warning on Wednesday, signaling zero tolerance for what they labeled as ‘destructive criticism’ directed at their National Chairman, Julius Abure, by party members and supporters of the Obidient Movement.
This response comes in light of calls for Abure’s resignation following corruption allegations. The warning addresses a joint petition from aggrieved members and stakeholders, and the party’s presidential candidate during the February 25 election Peter Obi.
But the National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, disowned the signatories, claiming they aren’t genuine card-carrying members and criticized their social media publication for containing destructive criticisms and unfounded claims.
Ifoh urged members to channel their criticism constructively, emphasizing the need to avoid escalating internal crises.
The letter read: “It is natural that after every electoral contest, a few individuals may be disgruntled or aggrieved and as such the party leadership may be exposed to all forms of criticism by both members and non-members alike. But we advise that such criticism must be tailored to aid growth and development in the party, and not necessarily to be destructive.
“Labour Party has had its fair share of intra-crisis and we think that members should desist from escalating further crisis. Being new joiners and not knowing the culture of the party (some of them just a few months old in the party), of course, that is what you get when ignorance and overzealousness overwhelm your reasoning.
“Most of those who authored the statement did not even win their units let alone win their Local Government and State. It is on record that most members of the National Working Committee of the party delivered their units and their states. Barrister Julius Abure, for instance, scored 79 per cent in Edo state, thereby denying other political parties the opportunity to score the required 25 per cent in the state.
“A cursory look at the authors of the statement will also reveal their ignorance on the workings of the party, party constitution, electoral act and the 1999 constitution as amended.”
The Labour Party is believed to have two factions, the Lamidi Apapa and the Abure-led faction.