IN SHORT: Nigeria's opposition Labour Party is divided by internal strife, but there is no evidence that it has asked its candidate in the February 2023 presidential election to apologise to the winner or be thrown out.
Nigeria’s Labour Party has ordered its presidential candidate in the February 2023 election Peter Obi to apologise to the eventual victor, Bola Tinubu. This is according to a post circulating on Facebook.
It reads: “LP Orders Peter Obi To Apologize To President Tinubu Over Reckless Lies Or Face Extradictions From The Party..”
The electoral commission declared Tinubu the winner of the presidential election, with Obi coming third. Obi challenged Tinubu’s victory in court, but a tribunal, an appeal court and the supreme court all ruled in Tinubu’s favour.
But did the party order its standard bearer to apologise under threat of expulsion? We checked.
No public evidence party made the statement
Due to internal conflicts within the Labour Party, there is a power struggle between two of its factions: the Julius Abure-led faction and the Lamidi Apapa-led faction. However, Abure is officially listed as chairperson on the party’s website.
There are also no reports of this from any credible media organisation, as would be expected given Obi’s stature.
We contacted the Labour Party about the alleged directive, but had not received a response by the time of publication.
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