The Lamidi Apapa faction of Labour Party has explained the reasons for its decision to disqualify the erstwhile national president of the Nigerian Bar Association, Olumide Akpata from the forthcoming governorship primary of the party in Edo State.
The explanation came in the face of the faction’s expression of disgust with the beating to a near pulp of its National Youth Leader, Anslem Eragbe by irate persons in Benin City on Friday.
The Lamidi Apapa faction has meanwhile, accused Akpata among other actors in the mainstream of the party for the beating. The mainstream of the party in Edo under the leadership of the state chairman has, however, accused the All Progressives Congress, APC for the beating of Eragbe.
Meanwhile, spokesman of the Apapa faction, Abayomi Arabambi has traced the decision to disqualify Akpata from the Edo governorship race to his donation of buses to the Julius Abure-led mainstream of the party.
Speaking in an interview on Channels Television, Arabambi said:
“The 20 buses he bought and the people he gave them to are local government (officials) of Abure faction,” Arabambi said in faulting the decision of the former NBA president to pledge loyalty to the Abure leadership despite what he claimed as the pendency of legal disputes.
“These are the people he just donated 18 buses to and he will now go and be telling us that he is not aware. He is aware.
“As a former NBA president he is aware. You know this man has been restrained, yet you took all your arsenal to him,” Arabambi said in faulting what he alleged as the proclivity of Akpata to the Abure faction.