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The Labour Party (LP) has called on President Bola Tinubu to sack the Minister of State for Labour, Nkiruka Onyejeocha, of her appointment over her alleged failure to concentrate on her job.
The party also wanted security services to interview her on her purported involvement in the staged crisis within its membership.
National youth leader of the party, Kennedy Ahanotu, made the demand on behalf of the party at a media parley in Abuja that was monitored by The Eastern Updates.
‘We are therefore calling on the present government to relieve Onyejeocha of her ministerial role as she has lost focus, and she has refused to concentrate on the assignment given to her,’ he stated.
The leadership of the party also drew the attention of Nigerians to what it called an ‘unholy alliance’ between Onyejeocha and some of its expelled members led by Chief Lamidi Apapa, whose purpose, it said is to ensure that crisis is sustained perpetually in the party.
Giving reasons why the minister should be sacked, the youth leader said the she will go to any length to instigate and fund crisis within the party. “We are however aware that the former lawmaker is fighting a personal and proxy war against the party, ” he added.
But in a reaction, media aide to Onyejeocha, Gabriel Emameh, described the comments as a paid campaign against the minister, especially coming less than 24 hours after some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) cautioned some of her traducers within and outside the party.
‘Ahanoto has forgotten so soon that the crisis in LP started even before the inauguration of the party’s presidential campaign council in 2022.
‘Why Ahanotu and his gang believe that Onyejeocha is the source of the problems that have ripped LP inside out since it lost the presidential election is not just arrantly illogical but obsessive and demonic.
‘Despite all the pre-election posturing, it was all too clear to every discerning mind that LP was a fantasy house built on sand, of which its loss at the presidential poll has continued to expose its rotten underbelly,’ he said.
The minister said that as a strong believer in the rule of law and in the sanctity of the courtroom as well as the judiciary as the citadel of justice, she is optimistic that a Daniel will also come to judgement at the Appeal Tribunal.