LP Senator Denies Fueling Party Leadership Crisis
The lone Senator elected on the platform of Labour Party (LP) in the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, has denied instigating leadership crisis in the party, saying that he was only willing to help heal the party if those who are sincere about building a credible party decide to seek his counsel.
The Senator spoke through his senior legislative aide, Prince Efe Duku, in a press statement made available to LEADERSHIP on Wednesday where he also warned both sides in the leadership tussle to desist from attributing the crisis to him, noting that there was no justification whatsoever for that their assertions.
“The attention of the Office of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (Labour Party, Delta Central) has been drawn to the current factional leadership crisis in the Labour Party (LP). The main fact that we know as at today is that sequel to resolutions reached two days ago by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party, Comrade Atare Bobo Adou is now the Acting National Chairman of Labour Party while Barrister Akingbade Oyelekan is the Acting National Secretary.
“We also know that the NEC suspended/removed Alhaji Abubakar Abulkadir Salam from office as the Chairman of the Party. NEC also suspended some other officials of the party. We know too that over 15 (of the about 22) members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Party endorsed the said decisions of the NEC. These are facts.
“We note that Alhaji Salam has been all over the media blaming the Distinguished Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for his woes and the division in LP. In our opinion, this approach to the serious crisis in the party is grossly irresponsible and diversionary. Blaming Senator Omo-Agege for the collective decisions taken by over 15 NWC adults and tens of other adult NEC members only emphasises Salam’s poor leadership offering in LP.
“Let it be very clear that Senator Omo-Agege did not instigate the division in LP. It is Alhaji Salam’s very questionable and poor leadership methods that have thrown LP into this factional crisis. Indeed, Alhaji Salam persistently prevailed on Senator Omo-Agege to dissuade the NEC members from removing him as LP’s National Chairman. However, Senator Omo-Agege could not do that because the NEC members were determined to clean the party, particularly given the allegations against Salam,” Omo-Agege said.