The leadership of the Labour Party has urged the Nigeria Police and Department of State Security (DSS) to invite Abayomi Arabambi, the embattled former National Publicity Secretary of the party, over allegations that Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has threatened his life.
Arabambi accused Kennedy Ahanotu, the party’s National Youth Leader, of sending him threatening messages leading up to the assault on Apapa, the factional leader, outside the court premises last Wednesday.
Reports from The PUNCH revealed that aggressive supporters loyal to National Chairman Julius Abure prevented journalists from interviewing the Apapa-led faction. These supporters disrupted the interview with Apapa, booing and chanting derogatory remarks.
The police had to intervene to control the chaos, as protesters followed Apapa and attempted to block his car from leaving the premises.
Arabambi expressed anger, insisting that the attack could not have occurred without the alleged collusion and knowledge of Peter Obi. Apapa also implicated Obi and Abure, accusing them of sending thugs to assault and humiliate him at the tribunal.
In response, Ahanotu and LP National Secretary Alhaji Umar Farouk issued a joint statement in Abuja, describing the accusations as “preposterous.” They threatened to petition the DSS and police authorities, calling for Arabambi to be questioned.
The statement emphasized the party’s intention to report the matter to the Nigerian Police and other security agencies, highlighting the anti-democratic actions aimed at stifling democracy. The party demanded that Arabambi present evidence and facts to support his allegations of threats to his life by their leaders.
Arabambi, however, appeared undeterred by the LP’s petition to the DSS, stating that he is not afraid of anyone. He claimed to have evidence, some of which have already been published in the media. Arabambi also called for Obi and Abure to be put under house arrest by the DSS and police over alleged plans to disrupt the inauguration of Asiwaju.
While the claims and counterclaims between the factions continue, it remains to be seen how the police and DSS will handle the situation and investigate the alleged threats and violence surrounding the Labour Party.
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