Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
Less than four days to the governorship and house of assembly elections, the Labour Party, has dissolved its Rivers State Executive Council.
The leadership of the Labour Party, on Tuesday, announced the dissolution of the executive council of its Rivers State branch.
The dissolution, according to a statement by the party’s National Chairman, Julius Abure, is with immediate effect.
According to the statement, the affected officials were allegedly involved in gross anti-party activities and corruption in the management of LP funds.
The development is coming on the heels of rumours that the state chapter of the LP had collapsed its structure to endorse the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Sim Fubara.
According to the statement, Abure stated that the dissolution of the LP state executive, was in the interest of the party and the ‘Obidient’ movement in Rivers State.
He further stated that those who were at the helm of affairs in Rivers State, where the presidential mandate of the party’s standard bearer, Peter Obi, was openly stolen should step aside until a full investigation into what happened at the last election is completed.
“The National Working Committee has lost confidence in the ability of the compromised State Executive Council led by Mr Deinye Pepple to lead the campaign for the gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections come March 11th.
“The National Working Committee urges all Obidients in Rivers State to disregard every comment made by the disgraced State Chairman of the Labour Party, Deinye Pepple, on the election of March 11th and reiterates the full backing of the Labour Party on the candidacy of Comrade Beatrice Itubo of the Labour Party as the next Governor of Rivers State.
“The National Working Committee, therefore, enjoins all Obidients to come out massively on March 11th to vote for Comrade Beatrice Itubo of Labour Party,” he said.