The national leadership of the Labour Party has described as an amusing dream and untrue the report that it collapsed its structure in Ekiti State for the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Abayomi Oyebanji.
Our correspondent gathered that some aggrieved members of the Labour Party had defected to the APC recently and announced that they have collapsed their structure into the APC.
The defectors led by a member of the party in the state, Bamiji Omotosho, who claimed to be the chairman of the party in the state, promised to work for the APC candidate in the June 18 governorship poll.
Reacting to the report, the National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Abayomi Arabambi, described the report as fake and a mere dream by APC.
Arabambi disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, saying Omotosho and some others had been dismissed for alleged mismanagement of party funds.
While dissociating the party from the APC, Arabambi maintained that Roland Daramola remains the party candidate to contest in the election scheduled for Saturday.
The statement reads, “The attention of the Labour Party has been drawn to an amusing dream, a pathetic wishful claim and a lying news report that suggests the collapse of Ekiti State LP structure into the APC.
“Setting the records straight, Bar. Okunade Odunayo is the only known State Chairman in Ekiti, while Comrade Roland Olugbenga Daramola and Alh Ibrahim Onile remain our governorship and deputy governorship candidates for the June 18th Ekiti governorship election.
“This is one public lie that cannot fly. This claim is false and untrue, and the public is advised to completely ignore the fake report. The Labour Party is amused by APC in publicly doing a dance of delusion, shame and open deceit parading a dismissed former Ekiti State LP Chairman as the LP structure.
“This ex-Chairman who was removed and dismissed for leading a few other equally implicated and dismissed ex-members in the stealing of Party funds are falsely and insincerely being presented to the public as the LP structure.
“That the dishonest Banji Omotosho got suspended and finally dismissed by the LP national convention in 2018 in Minna, Niger State, for fraudulent activities must be recognised as a potentially fitting and qualified for recruitment by the APC that is forever unrelentingly busy talent-hunting the highly dubious and amoral politicians in the political space. That Banji Omotosho who did remain drifting and floating aimlessly without political direction since 2018 has found a home in APC is not surprising because birds of the same feathers do flock together.”
Arabambi added that the party will keep pursuing the best interests of Nigerians and keep integrity, fair play, equity and justice as the cornerstone of driving all its activities.