Thursday, January 15, 2015 5:55 pm
Crisis seems to be looming within Nigeria’s Labour Party,LP in Ogun State as the party today announced another name as its governorship candidate in the forthcoming general elections.
This was contrary to reports already in circulation that a former Commissioner for Information and Strategy under Otunba Gbenga Daniel’s administration,Mr Sina Kawonise was the party’s torch bearer.
In a statement Thursday morning,the National Chairman of the party announced Comrade Abolaji Sunmola as its new governorship candidate.
Sunmola,as gathered by our correspondent is from Gbagura axis of Egbaland in the Ogun Central Senatorial District of the State.
In a prompt response, Kawonise declared that he remains the authentic and legal candidate of the party.
The Ago Iwoye born former Unversity lecturer argued that it is illogical for someone who did not partake in the primaries to have emerged as the candidate of the party.
In a statement released on Thursday and signed by Sina Kawonise himself,he maintaned that he is the lawful candidate.
“My attention has been drawn to an illegality committed by the National working Committee of the Labour Party (LP) in submitting the name of a certain Mr Abolaji Sunmola to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the LP Governorship Candidate in Ogun State.
“The fact of the matter is that I am the lawfully elected candidate of the LP in the state. I was the sole aspirant that attended the affirmative Congress of the LP in Abeokuta on December 10, 2104.
“The Congress that returned me as the Governorship Candidate was witnessed by INEC, the Directorate of State Security (DSS), the Police, and the Mass Media. It is on record that the INEC team that witnessed the Congress duly wrote the Report of the Congress returning me as the Governorship candidate and submitted same to INEC headquarters in Abuja,”the statement reads in part.
He said his legal team has concluded briefs to take up the matter in the appropriate court.
He urged his supporters to remain calm and continue the campaign for our candidates at all levels in the coming elections.