LP To Review Presidential Campaign Council List
The Labour Party (LP) says it will review the list of members for its presidential campaign council.
The spokesperson of the council, Yunusa Tanko, disclosed this on Thursday.
The list of the 1,234-member of Peter Obi’s 2023 presidential campaign team was presented by the party at an event on Wednesday in Abuja.
Among those listed was a retired major general of the Nigerian Army, John Enenche.
Names of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress presidents and members were also erroneously listed.
Shortly after the list was unveiled, supporters of the party, who are largely youth, took to the social media giant, Twitter, to condemn the former defence spokesperson for his role in covering up the Lekki massacre in October 2020.
Despite the substantial evidence of killings during the tragic #EndSARS protest, Mr Enenche said the videos of the Lekki tollgate shooting were “photoshopped.”
“These videos were cropped and photoshopped.
“If not that I am not permitted I would have forwarded it to you. Up till this morning, I got an analyst to analyze the video and they said it was cropped and put together,” he said in an interview with Arise Television in 2020.
He also denied the presence of army officers at the scene of the unfortunate incident.
The National Chairman of the party, Julius Abure, in a communique issued at the end of the Expanded National Working Committee (NWC) meeting held in Abuja, confirmed the removal of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) leadership from the list.
He said the names of the NLC president, Ayuba Wabba and his counterpart in NUT, Festus Osifo, were erroneously included.
“It is on the strength of the above that the presidential campaign council has been duly announced with representation across all states, tribes and faith.”
“Labour Party hereby announces the endorsement of the campaign council. However, we acknowledge some omissions and misplacement of some names in the council.
“This will be corrected and a supplementary list released before the inauguration of the council.
“Also corrected is the erroneous inclusion of Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress members in the campaign list.’
‘According to the communique, the party is also working on efforts to ensure victory in the general election.
“As of the moment, we are consolidating the momentum that will help us establish a new Nigeria come May 29, 2023,” he said.
“We also further make it clear that Labour Party enjoys a robust relationship with the new campaign council.”
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