The claimed endorsement of Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun for a second term in office by a segment of the Labour Party in Ogun State has been denied.
A wing of the party referred to the endorsement as “dubious, awful, and grievous” in a statement distributed to newsmen in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, and signed by its Caretaker Publicity Secretary, Tokunbo Peters.
Although the ruling party has made overtures to the opposition Labour Party, Peters said that the LP is completely opposed to any sort of collaboration with the APC and emphasized that the APC government in the state lacks decisive leadership.
He continued by saying that the Labour Party and the APC are already litigating the past presidential election’s rigged results.
Peters went on to say that the alleged endorsement was not only false but also a feeble attempt to dupe voters and members of the public into thinking that the Labour Party and the APC are working together in Ogun state.
For the record, the Ogun State branch of the Labour Party unequivocally states that, despite overtures made to the Labour Party by the ruling party, the Labour Party is totally opposed to any form of alliance, and categorically disassociates itself from the purported endorsement of Prince Dapo Abiodun for second term in office.
“This is taking into account the fact that the state’s APC government lacks decisive leadership. Particularly so given that the Labour Party and the APC are already in court over the rigged results of the previous presidential election.
The letter continues, “It is further stated that Michael Ashade, who is believed to have endorsed the governor, has been suspended from the party long ago. It is public knowledge that Engr. Lookman Jagun is the de facto Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the Labour Party in Ogun State.
Michael Ashade and his supporters are free to back any candidate of their choosing in their own capacities, but they should avoid using the Labour Party’s name when doing so.
“Illegal acts include impersonation and willful misrepresentation. A State government, for example, should not be perceived as tolerating and supporting impostors in order to advance its political interests, according to Peters.
He stressed that the Labour Party has endured immeasurable injustice as a result of the non-listing of its candidates in the State elections and is tenaciously pursuing legal action to address the systemic disenfranchisement.
“Labour Party continues to promote the ideals of good governance, social welfare, and service delivery and, at the appropriate time, will make an open endorsement of its preferred candidate for the gubernatorial election, as a result of the eventual non-listing by INEC of its gubernatorial candidate,” the statement reads.
But whoever the Labour Party decides to support will do so in the interests of the greater good.
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