Only Peter Obi’s faction of the Labour Party is recognized by INEC.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Labour Party’s hierarchy, which recognizes officials loyal to presidential candidate Peter Obi, is the only one that is legal.

Labour Party factions have rejected Obi as the party’s consensus presidential candidate, instead nominating other candidates as the party’s flag bearer.
This has generated anxiety and uncertainty among Obi’s throngs of supporters, whose popularity has grown as his presidential ambition has gained traction.

According to INEC’s official website, Julius Abure and Umar Farouk were recognized as the Labour Party’s national chairman and secretary, respectively, and Akingbade Oyelakin as the national legal advise

Calistus Okafor, a former deputy national chairman of the party, claimed to be the party’s chair and sued Messrs Abure, Farouk, and Oyelakin, declaring their leadership unconstitutional. The accused, however, contended that they were elected chairman and secretary at a party congress in Benin in March 2021.
Okafor filed an ex parte application last week, requesting that the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court designate him the rightful head of the party.

Okafor backs presidential contender EJude Ezenwafor as the party’s nominee. He referred to him as “a man of integrity,” and vowed to be the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in 2023.

Meanwhile, another faction supports Sampson Charles Uchenna’s bid for the party’s presidential nomination.

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