The Labour Party's self-proclaimed acting National Chairman, Alhaji Lamidi Apapa, has said he will not take responsibility if the lawyers representing the party's presidential candidate, Peter Gregory Obi, at the Election Petitions Tribunal fail to win the case, adding fuel to the fire of the ongoing leadership struggle within the party.
Apapa told NEWS CENTRAL TV's 'Politics HQ' a few hours ago that, as acting National Chairman, he has given Obi's lawyers a 48-hour deadline to brief him on the happenings at the tribunal in order to ensure victory for the presidential candidate and the party.
Apapa argued that he should not be held liable for the lawyers' inability to recover Obi's allegedly stolen mandate in court because they violated his direction.
In general, he said, "This is not a personal concern. There is no need to take anything personally. The Labour Party itself conducts the nomination vote for its presidential candidate. No candidate can run without the support of a political party, so we have an obligation to work together. As the interim National Chairman, it is my duty to check in on the lawyers' status before the Tribunal. Because if I didn't, I'd be avoiding responsibility.
However, I will not take my own life if the Tribunal officials refuse to reveal their actions so far. No one can hold me accountable if they lose in court, though, because I asked to be carried and received no response. I have finished my duty. I politely requested a briefing on the Tribunal and made it clear that I understood if they denied. Nothing to worry about on my end; it's common knowledge that I asked for and was denied an upgrade. If they lose in court, they could be in serious financial trouble.
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