Former chairman of the Labour Party (LP) in the state of Anambra, Jude Ezenwafor, has been crowned the victor of a party faction’s presidential primary.
At the exercise held in Abuja on Wednesday, the sole candidate, Ezenwafor, was chosen via affirmation.
This episode occurs days after Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra, was elected as the party’s presidential candidate after a primary in Delta State arranged by a party faction led by Julius Abure.
Prior to Obi’s victory in the primary, however, Calistus Okafor, chairman of another faction of the party, filed a lawsuit titled FHC/ABJ/CS/1636/2021 with the federal high court in Abuja challenging the validity of the Abure-led group.
In a May 30 ruling, the presiding judge, Inyang Ekwo, ordered that the LP and some of its executives be served with a new suit challenging the party’s leadership. The matter was adjourned until June 30 for further discussion.
In an address to his supporters on Wednesday, Ezenwafor stated that he had what it takes to effectively govern Nigeria.
“I am on a rescue mission to liberate Nigeria from its current social, economic, and political difficulties,” NAN quoted him as saying.
“Labour is in the vanguard of a revolution. The Labor Party will win the election. Our party will seize control of Nigeria and restore its former splendor. “
“I have spent the last two decades in government corridors. We are on a mission of rescue. “
Ezenwafor, a former adviser to former Anambra governor Willie Obiano, also worked under Obi.
The factional leader of the party, Okafor, described the candidacy as “a man of integrity.”
“Having satisfied all party standards, we hereby confirm your candidacy for Labour Party president in 2023,” he stated.
However, Okafor stated that he has nothing against Obi.
“I am defending my legal rights.” I am not battling with my sibling. “Those who believe I’m being exploited should reconsider,” he remarked.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has given all political parties till June 9 to complete their respective primaries.
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