Stakeholders Demand Bayelsa LP Chairman’s Resignation

Peter Obi

A crisis of confidence has hit the Labour Party (LP) in Bayelsa State following calls for the resignation of the state acting chairman, Eneyi Zidougha, barely one week after the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, stormed the state to campaign for the 2023 general election.

A group, the Concerned Labour Party Critical Stakeholders has already passed a vote of no confidence in Zidougha, accusing him of “anti-party activities and misappropriation of funds and incompetence.”

Leader of the group, Abraham Gillet, in a statement issued on Friday, stated that Zidougha could no longer be trusted to lead the party and ensure victory for Peter Obi and other candidates in the state.

He said, “Zidougha should immediately step aside and allow a more competent and capable hand to steer the ship of the Labour Party in Bayelsa in order to build a formidable force, and also put the party back on the right track to ensure victory for the presidential candidate, Peter Obi and other candidates in the forthcoming general elections.

“The acting chairman cannot continue to manage the affairs of the party as issues are treated as a one-man show, and funds meant for the Labour Party in the state have been unaccounted for under his watch.”

Gillet, who is also the Director-General of the Christopher Timi-Ogosi Campaign Organisation in Sagbama Local Government Area, said findings by the group indicated that the acting LP chairman is allegedly an appointee of the state government.

“It is impossible for the acting chairman to be a government appointee and still have the best interest of the party at heart.

“Zidougha lacks the integrity to pilot the affairs of the party; the Labour Party is a party of integrity and honour, and is committed to liberating millions of Nigerians from the shackles of poverty,” he added.

The statement also quoted the LP ward five chairmen in the Yenagoa Local Government Area, Peter Health’s brother, as having insisted that the acting state LP chairman had not brought any value to the success of Peter Obi and other candidates of the party.

Peter said, “He lacks the character and poise necessary to continue the Obidient movement in Bayelsa. His anti-party activities and lack of integrity are capable of making people lose faith in the movement, which is why the call for his resignation is imperative in order to avoid jeopardising the chances of the party in the state.”

Efforts to get the reaction of the acting state LP chairman, Eneyi Zidougha, did not yield any results as his phone number was switched off.



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