LP Blasts Its NASS Members Over Failure ‘To Be True Ambassadors Of People, Party’


The federal legislators, especially members of the House of Representatives, elected on the platform of the Labour Party (LP), were on Monday warned to respect the party’s supremacy or face disciplinary action.

The party issued the warning in a statement released on Monday by Obiora Ifoh, its National Publicity Secretary.

The statement said that the lawmakers had failed to be true ambassadors of the people and the Labour Party, considering the sacrifices made by Nigerians in electing them.

Ifoh specifically said that the attention of the leadership of the party had been drawn to a statement made by the LP’s caucus leader in the House of Representatives, Hon Afam Ogene, saying it was unconventional to conduct convention before state, local government and ward congresses.

The spokesman said Ogene lacked knowledge as it related to provisions of the constitution of the party under which he was elected.

Ifoh Stated that Ogene should not mistake the constitutions of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and All Progressives Congress (APC), with that of the Labour Party.

He expressed shock that members of the House of Representatives elected under the party were always quick to rush to the media whenever major decisions were taken.

He said the lawmakers had never risen to the occasion as members of the Labour Party in the House, who were supposed to be the voice of the people and speak truth to power, in spite of the numerous challenges the country is going through.

Read the statement in part: “It appears that they seat (sic) at the National Assembly for theirselves alone. It is obvious that it is only when it concerns the party that they flex muscles. They need not be told of the persecution the party leadership has been undergoing in the hands of the government in power as a result of their election into offices and yet, they have no qualms in bringing the party to opprobrium at any given opportunity.

“We therefore advice our lawmakers to desist from rushing to the press on party matters. Party internal matters must remain and kept internal matters. The party will not hesitate to discipline any party member who will not respect the supremacy of the party. The party is prepared to defend its ideology and constitution at all times irrespective of whose ox is gored”.

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