The news that the Labour Party collapsed its structure in Ekiti State for the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Abayomi Oyebanji, has been dismissed by the party’s national leadership as a funny dream and incorrect.
According to our source, some disgruntled Labour Party members recently defected to the APC and declared that they had collapsed their party structure into the APC.
The defectors, led by Bamiji Omotosho, a member of the party in the state who claimed to be the party’s chairman, committed to work for the APC candidate in the June 18 governorship election.
Abayomi Arabambi, the Party’s National Publicity Secretary, responded to the news by calling it a “fake” and a “dream” by the APC.
In a statement released on Thursday, Arabambi said Omotosho and others had been fired for alleged manipulation of party money.
While distancing the party from the APC, Arabambi insisted that Roland Daramola would still be the party’s candidate in Saturday’s election.
The statement reads, “The attention of the Labour Party has been drawn to an amusing dream, a pathetic wishful claim and a lying news report that suggests the collapse of Ekiti State LP structure into the APC.
“Setting the records straight, Bar. Okunade Odunayo is the only known State Chairman in Ekiti, while Comrade Roland Olugbenga Daramola and Alh Ibrahim Onile remain our governorship and deputy governorship candidates for the June 18th Ekiti governorship election.
“This is one public lie that cannot fly. This claim is false and untrue, and the public is advised to completely ignore the fake report. The Labour Party is amused by APC in publicly doing a dance of delusion, shame and open deceit parading a dismissed former Ekiti State LP Chairman as the LP structure.
“This ex-Chairman who was removed and dismissed for leading a few other equally implicated and dismissed ex-members in the stealing of Party funds are falsely and insincerely being presented to the public as the LP structure.
“That the dishonest Banji Omotosho got suspended and finally dismissed by the LP national convention in 2018 in Minna, Niger State, for fraudulent activities must be recognised as a potentially fitting and qualified for recruitment by the APC that is forever unrelentingly busy talent-hunting the highly dubious and amoral politicians in the political space. That Banji Omotosho who did remain drifting and floating aimlessly without political direction since 2018 has found a home in APC is not surprising because birds of the same feathers do flock together.”
Arabambi added that the party will keep pursuing the best interests of Nigerians and keep integrity, fair play, equity and justice as the cornerstone of driving all its activities.