With immediate effect, the Labour Party’s National Working Committee (NWC) dissolved the state executive council in Rivers State due to “gross anti-party activities and corruption in the management of Labour Party funds.”
This came after the Rivers exco’s decision on Tuesday to support Siminialayi Fubara, the PDP’s candidate for governor.
In a statement released on Tuesday in Abuja, Barrister Julius Abure, the national chairman of the Labour Party, announced the dissolution of the State Council.
The party declared that it has lost faith in the “compromised State Executive Council led by Mr Deinye Pepple” to oversee the campaign for the upcoming gubernatorial and state House of Assembly elections.
The statement reads: “The national working committee has dissolved the Labour Party State Executive Council of Rivers State with immediate effect, for gross anti-party activities and corruption in the management of Labour Party funds.
“The National Working Committee arising from an emergency meeting today in Abuja believes that it is in the interest of Labour Party and the Obidient movement in Rivers State that those who were at the helm of affairs in Rivers State when our presidential mandate was openly stolen in Rivers State should step aside until full investigation on what happened on that day is completed.
“The National Working Committee has lost confidence in the ability of the compromised State Executive Council led by Mr Deinye Pepple to lead the campaign for the gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections come March 11th.
“The National Working Committee urges all Obidients in Rivers State to disregard every comment made by the disgraced State Chairman of the Labour Party, Deinye Pepple, on the election of March 11th and reiterates the full backing of the Labour Party on the candidacy of Comrade Beatrice Itubo of the Labour Party as the next Governor of Rivers State.
“The National Working Committee, therefore, enjoins all Obidients to come out massively on March 11th to vote for Comrade Beatrice Itubo of Labour Party.”