The leadership of the Labour Party issued a noteworthy warning on Wednesday, declaring an end to the tolerance of what they termed 'destructive criticism' directed at their National Chairman, Julius Abure.
This cautionary stance came in response to mounting calls from disgruntled LP members and stakeholders associated with the Obidient Movement, urging Abure's resignation in the wake of corruption allegations leveled against him.
In a petition that gained viral attention a few days prior, LP party elder Diokpa Ajufo, Zariyi Yusuf of the Obedient Movement, Dr. Peter Piper representing Advocate For A New Labour Party, Tony Asekome from Obidient Diaspora, and Prof Chris Nwaokobia Jnr, a member of both the Obidient Movement and Advocate For A New Labour Party, jointly called for Abure's resignation.
Their open letter addressed to the LP's presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and the National Working Committee highlighted the alleged revelations by the party's former Youth Leader, Anselem Eragbe, portraying a compromised and transactional party under Abure.
The letter further suggested that the Obidient Movement chose to overlook these issues temporarily, driven by their desire to secure a presidential victory for Obi before advocating for a reorganization of the party.
Additionally, they referenced LP governorship candidate Udengs Eradiri's recent allegation that the party executives sabotaged his chances by accepting gratification from Governor Douye Diri in Bayelsa, exposing the perceived deteriorating state of the party.
Responding to these developments, the National Publicity Secretary of the LP, Obiora Ifoh, issued a strongly worded statement on Wednesday. In this statement, Ifoh warned the aggrieved members and the 'various bodies they represent' to refrain from denigrating the party's national chairman. He specifically addressed their social media publication titled "Time up Julius Abure, we demand a Labour Party that must stand for the masses of our people," characterizing it as laden with destructive criticisms and unfounded claims.