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Labour Party crisis: Ovie Omo-Agege paid ‘thugs’ to sack me as Chairman – Abdulkadir Abdulsalam

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Labour Party crisis: Ovie Omo-Agege paid ‘thugs’ to sack me as Chairman – Abdulkadir Abdulsalam

Unread postby Wsj » Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:40 pm

The embattled National Chairman of the Labour Party, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, has accused the Senator representing Delta Central senatorial district in the red chambers, Ovie Omo-Agege, as the arrow-head of the splinter group in the party who allegedly sponsored some ‘hooligans’ to stage a protest at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against his leadership of the party.

Abdulsalam made the accusation in Abuja when he addressed the media through a recorded telephone conversation.

He said that Senator Omo-Agege’s motivation for seeking his ouster from office was to get even with some officers of the party who threatened to sue him, if he defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Abdulsalam lampooned the protesters, insisting that his removal could only take place through the procedure laid down in the party constitution.

He further said that he had alerted the police to stop the protesters who promised to storm the party’s national secretariat with placards bearing inscriptions that he diverted the party’s funds to his personal account and refused to pay the rent due on the party’s premises and as well refused to settle outstanding two years’ salaries of employees of the party.

The party chairman, however, dismissed those allegations, claiming the party was neither owing staff salaries nor rent. He also said that there was no question of diverting party fund since INEC is currently reviewing the audited financial statements of the party.

He said: “The crowd you saw staging a protest to remove me are sponsored ‘thugs’, because among them, there is no NEC member, not one single state chairman or secretary attended, not one national officer attended. All those they called party officers have been removed by their states right from time and constitutionally. And if you must remove a national chairman, you must follow laid-down procedures.

“Let me tell you that these people are sponsored by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege. He complained that he was not comfortable with me. The fact of the matter is that Omo-Agege wants to defect to APC but he is finding it difficult, because we have written him to tell him we will sue him, if he defects.

“Since he was not comfortable with me, he told some party officers, he will create a situation even if it is a fake National Executive Council and factionalize the party, which is not possible.

“To remove the National Chairman of the Labour Party by carrying placards does not arise; because the constitution of the party indicates that before he is removed, the chairman himself must call for national convention; at worse, the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

“I am telling you there was no NEC meeting. I cannot be removed through the states. I must call a meeting. We have our constitution. How can I be removed? I’m in my office right now. I heard they will be coming to our national headquarters, and I have alerted the police, because these crowds are being sponsored by disgruntled politicians.”

On the allegations of corruption, he said; “This is a personal account. Labour Party is not a big party that will have generated up to N500 million or N100 million that will be stolen into my personal account. As I am talking to you, Labour Party’s audited accounts have been submitted to INEC for review. And, we have both internal and external auditors that audit our accounts annually. We are accountable and responsible.”

On the issue of owing staff salary and refusal to pay rent on the premises of the national secretariat: he said: “Right now, I do not owe any staff salary for any month. If I stay in a rented duplex for two years, without paying even for three months, they will eject me. I have paid all our outstanding rent. If I had known, I would have brought the name of the landlord and the auditors for you to understand that these guys are lying.”


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Re: Labour Party crisis: Ovie Omo-Agege paid ‘thugs’ to sack me as Chairman – Abdulkadir Abdulsalam

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