The Labour Party, LP, in Osun State has suspended the National Legal Adviser, Samuel Akingbade and State Women Leader, Susan Ojo.
The duo were suspended by the party for attempting to create a faction within LP’s fold in the state.
The decision to suspend both Akingbade and Ojo was made known by the Osun LP Chairman, Adebayo Bello at a press conference organised by the party on Thursday in Osogbo.
Bello also disclosed that the executives have suspended 11 local government chairmen of the party for attending a meeting with the intention of creating a faction in Osun LP.
He accused the suspended members of lending support to jeopardise the petition of the LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi, in the 2023 general election.
Peter Obi, DAILY POST recalls, is challenging the victory of President Bola Tinubu currently at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
“The intention is to create parallel structures at the national level and the states to lend support to the dirty agenda of scuttling the legal struggle of reclaiming the mandate of Mr Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed in the 2023 presidential election.
“We observe that if the activities of these undemocratic persons are not checked on time, it will either weaken the Labour Party structure in Osun or collapse it totally.
“Barr Samuel Akingbade (National Legal Adviser), Mrs. Susan Ojo (State Women Leader) and 11 chairmen of the local government of our party in Osun State who participated in a meeting organised by the National Legal Adviser and suspended State Woman Leader are hereby suspended from the party indefinitely.
“These members stand suspended for anti-party activities and gross misconduct. This decision will be forwarded to the National Working Committee of the Labour Party and other relevant bodies, including all security agencies, for further actions.”
He added that the affected officials had wanted to hide behind the crisis rocking LP at the national level to create a faction in the state.
“Having discovered the intention of the affected officers, LP State Executives met on Thursday, May 11, where they resolved to support the National Working Committee led by Barrister Julius Abure and suspend those found working against the party’s unity.”
Bello assured that the LP executives in the state would continue to work towards ensuring that the party remained a united and formidable political platform capable of producing visionary and transformational leaders.