The Lamidi Apapa-led faction of the Labour Party has vehemently rejected Peter Obi as their candidate for the 2027 presidential election, citing concerns over his leadership abilities and a desire to distance themselves from recent controversies.
The Lamidi Apapa faction, which recently had its legitimacy confirmed by the Edo Division of the Court of Appeal, has made it clear that Peter Obi should seek another political platform if he intends to pursue his presidential ambitions in 2027.
In an interview with newsmen, Abayomi Arabambi, the faction’s spokesman, expressed their disapproval of Obi’s Supreme Court appeal challenging the 2023 presidential election results, which recognized President Bola Tinubu as the victor.
The Apapa-led LP faction has also distanced itself from Obi and the Julius Abure faction’s determination to contest Tinubu’s victory in court.
Arabambi advised Obi to focus on 2027 but urged him to consider another party, stating, “We don’t want to continue accommodating a character who believes no other person, other than himself, has anything upstairs. He is not a good manager of human resources. That was why he lost woefully.”
In response, Yunusa Tanko, spokesman for the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, downplayed the Apapa faction’s warning, stating, “They don’t own Labour Party. That’s why I don’t want to take issues with them. There is no need to give these people attention.”
Meanwhile, the LP’s National Legal Adviser, Kehinde Edun, chastised the Apapa faction, claiming that the Independent National Electoral Commission recognized the Abure faction and questioned their authority within the party, stating, “These people have turned to comedians.”
This development sets the stage for a potential political shakeup as the 2027 presidential race looms, with Peter Obi facing opposition from within his own party.