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Internal Turmoil: Kenneth Okonkwo Signals Departure from Labour Party Amid Leadership Crisis Saturday, 22 June 2024

Labour Party in Nigeria Faces Internal Turmoil: Kenneth Okonkwo's Defection and Political Dynamics

In a startling revelation, Kenneth Okonkwo, former spokesperson of the Labour Party's presidential campaign council during the 2023 Nigerian elections, has expressed his intention to defect from the party. Citing profound dissatisfaction with the party's internal operations and leadership, Okonkwo criticized the Labour Party (LP) as being ineffectual and chaotic, likening its leadership to clowns.

Okonkwo's disillusionment stems from the LP's failure to conduct a credible national convention, which he described as a "leprous convention" held without his knowledge. This lack of transparency and organizational competence has severely undermined the LP's credibility in his eyes. His scathing remarks, made in an interview with Politics Nigeria, underscore a broader crisis within the party.

The LP, once a contender in Nigerian politics, has been marred by internal strife, highlighted by a leadership dispute. This dispute peaked when Lamidi Apapa, the deputy national chairman of the party (south), declared himself the acting national chairman in 2023, sparking further division within LP ranks.

The turmoil deepened during the LP's national convention in Anambra in 2024, where Julius Abure was controversially re-elected as chairman amidst allegations of irregularities. This convention, disputed by a faction of the party and not monitored by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), further tarnished the LP's reputation. The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party condemned the convention as a charade and declared Abure's tenure invalid, leading to legal battles that ultimately saw Abure sacked by the court.

Okonkwo's imminent defection from the LP highlights a broader trend in Nigerian politics, where party loyalty is increasingly challenged by internal disarray and perceived failures in governance and organization. His willingness to consider joining other parties, including the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) or any other party that demonstrates a commitment to Nigerian welfare, reflects a growing sentiment among political figures seeking stability and effectiveness in their party affiliations.

As Nigeria navigates its complex political landscape, characterized by shifting alliances and ongoing challenges, the fate of the Labour Party serves as a poignant example of the volatility and internal struggles that continue to shape the country's political future. The decisions of figures like Kenneth Okonkwo underscore the imperative for Nigerian political parties to prioritize transparency, unity, and effective leadership to maintain relevance and credibility in the eyes of the electorate.

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Labour Party Is Secret Society Led By Clowns; I’ll Defect To APC Or Any Other Party — Peter Obi’s Spokesman, Kenneth Okonkwo | #Politicsnigeria

Former spokesperson for the Labour Party (LP) presidential campaign council during the 2023 election, Kenneth Okonkwo, has hinted at dumping the party for APC or any other party.

“Any party that is not visibly committed to the welfare of Nigerians will most likely not see me there. I don’t rule out going back to anything because change is constant,” Okonkwo said in an interview seen by Politics Nigeria.

“My own labour party is not impressing me. Assuming they continue on this trajectory where they cannot even hold an acceptable national convention, then you’d tell me I’d be there?

“I was a spokesperson at the presidential level and I did not know that the Labour Party was having a convention. When I saw it on social media, I thought it was fake. They were rejected in Umuahia because it was a leprous convention.”

“Those people are clowns. It is the greatest joke I have ever seen in a political party and then you want to position yourself as a party of integrity. You cannot give what you don’t have.”

Okonkwo left the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2022, citing the adoption of a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the 2023 presidential election. A month later, he joined the LP.

The LP has been embroiled in a leadership tussle after Lamidi Apapa, deputy national chairman of the party (south), declared himself the acting national chairman in 2023.

The crisis worsened in 2024 when a national convention of the party in Anambra saw Julius Abure re-elected as chairman of the party amid opposition from a faction of the party, with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) saying it did not monitor the LP’s national convention.

The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party described the convention that re-elected Abure as a charade, adding that Abure’s tenure was over as national chairman of Labour.

Abure has since been sacked by the court

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