National Exco sacks Rivers Exco over gross anti-party activities
By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
The National Chairman of Labour Party, Julius Abure, has dissolved Rivers Executive Council of the party with immediate effect for gross Anti-Party activities, alleged corruption poor management of party funds.
The sack of Rivers Executive of Labour Party came few hours after Deinye Pepple, the State Chairman of the party led other members to endorse Siminalayi Fubara, the governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Port Harcourt.
Announcing the dissolution of the Pepple led exco less than four days to governorship election, Abure said that that it is in the interest of Labour Party and the Obidient movement that those who were at the helm of affairs when the party’s presidential mandate was openly stolen in Rivers should step aside until full investigation is completed on what happened on that day.
Abure said the party has lost confidence in the ability of the State Executive Council led by Mr Pepple to lead the campaign for the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections come Saturday March 11.
Consequently, he urged all Obidients in Rivers to disregard every comment made by the sacked Pepple on the election March 11 election.
He also reiterated the full backing of the party for Comrade Beatrice Itubo of the Labour Party as the next Governor of Rivers State.
He therefore enjoins all Obidients to come out massively on March 11th to vote for Comrade Beatrice Itubo of Labour Party.
Pepple had hinged the support of his executive for Fubara on the fact that the Senatorial District of the governorship candidate has not produced a Governor since the creation of Rivers state.
Nevertheless, the announcement endorsement of Fubara against Labour Party’s own candidate less than four days to election was received with rude shock.
Pepple had also claimed that that an unknown person had surfaced, claiming to be Labour Party’s gubernatorial candidate.
He added that there were also rumors on the social media that Itubo has stepped down and endorsed the APC candidate.
The accusations were part of the crisis the Labour Party in Rivers state and Itubo have been enmeshed ahead of the March 11 election.
On her part, Ituboh had alleged the bigwigs in the opposition parties, especially PDP have been making subterranean moves to sponsor division in party due to its powerful performance during the presidential election.
Ituboh also dismissed the claim by one Fafaa Dan-Princewill that he had replaced her as governorship candidate of Labour Party in Rivers. She described the claim as fake, preposterous and a posturing of an impostor who neither picked nomination form or participated in governorship primary of the party.
But Abure had reaffirmed Itubo’s candidature and presented her before the press as the party’s governorship candidate in Rivers state.
While presenting Itubo on, Abure called on residents of Rivers to vote for her as the next governor of the state.