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Reports reaching the desk of The Eastern Updates has that tension is currently brewing in the Imo State chapter of the Labour Party (LP) following the dissolution of the former ad-hoc members of the party and reconstitution of a new one.
The party had last Thursday dissolved the old state leaders of the party led by Ambrose Onyekwere and put in place the Sleek Ukoha-led committee.
However, this development is already threatening the peace and harmony of the party as majority of the members including nine governorship aspirants are kicking against the change made.
In a joint statement, the governorship aspirants had frowned at the dissolution, claiming it was a plot by a particular governorship candidate of the party to achieve his aim as the party primary drew near.
A statement signed by Captain David Mbamara (rtd),Ike Ibe, Kelechi Nwagwu, Charles Onyirimba, Humphrey Anumudu, T.J Ehirim, Martins Agbaso, Jack Ogunewe, and Chinedu Amadi condemned the composition of the caretaker committee.
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The aspirants and members of the party called for the suspension of the committee which they also noted was ill timed.
Their statement read in part: ‘As party faithful, we are concerned about the damage the appointment of a caretaker committee without consultation and a unilateral nomination by a governorship aspirant, who chose virtually his LGA campaign coordinators to man the Labour Party in Imo State.
‘The current officers of the party are crucial to the successful outcome in the election ahead. They may also be useful in standing as witness/evidence in the presidential court battle ahead.
‘Therefore, getting rid of them at this time and manner is neither a brainer nor a plus to the party.
‘It is essential to do a thorough and wide consultation in any reconstitution exercise. Diverse interests in the party will have to be factored in when embarking on this exercise. This is particularly important given the recent experience of the party in the state with respect to the PCC and its performance during the last presidential campaign and election.
‘Labour Party has emerged a national party and so must be careful to be seen as democratic. The party must not be allowed to be hijacked by one or few individuals. The nation is taking keen interest in how the party manages its affairs in the next chapter of its history. It is, therefore, essential that things must be done the right way.’
Other members who also signed the statement were Senator Chris Anyanwu, Professor Ukachukwu Awuzie, Obinna Ibe, Nick Oparandu, Frank Nneji, Paschal Odibo, Mike Ndubuaku and Chinyere Okpara.