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The National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), Julius Abure has revealed that the party has resolved to refund ₦25 million nomination fee paid by a deceased governorship aspirant of the party in Imo State, Humphrey Anumudu to his family.
Abure spoke in Abuja on Tuesday after meeting with National Assembly-Elect members of the party. He also said no newly elected members of the National Assembly under the party will defect to other political parties.
Anumudu had purchased the party’s form to contest the LP primary ahead of the November 11 governorship election in Imo State but died last week.
Abure, in Abuja on Tuesday, said the party decided to return the nomination fee to the family of the deceased to show empathy and compassion.
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Addressing newsmen, he said, ‘You will recall that one of our aspirants in Imo State lost his life. I am pleased to announce to members of the public and members of the Labour Party family and his immediate family that the party will refund the nomination fee of N25 million that he spent.
‘We feel that we need to do this the support the family and show leadership of compassion, of empathy and that is what the Labour Party stands for.’
Also speaking, the Chairman of the party, boasted that none of the newly elected National Assembly members under the party would defect to other parties contrary to what is being speculated.
He pointed out that the party would make a difference in deepening the nation’s democracy.
‘The federal lawmakers-elect are men of integrity, and none will jump ship in the 10th National Assembly,’ he declared.
The Labour Party chairman said the party won eight Senate seats and 34 seats in the lower chamber.