‘You’ve failed to be true ambassadors of people, party’ – LP blasts its NASS members

The Labour Party, LP, has warned federal lawmakers,
especially members of the House of Representatives, elected on its platform, 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 have 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 has been drawn to a statement made by the LP’s caucus leader in
the House of Representatives, Hon Afam Ogene, saying it is unconventional to
conduct convention before state, local government and ward congresses.


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


According to him, Ogene should not mistake the constitutions
of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and All Progressives Congress, APC, with that
of the Labour Party.


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


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


“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,”
parts of the statement read.


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