*As Labour party sacks chairman over alleged N1.3b scam
Labour Party (LP) convention has sacked Abudulkadir AbdulSalam, the former chairman of of the party. He has been replaced by the party’s gubernatorial candidate in Kwara during the 2015 election, Dr Mike Omotosho.
Calistus Okafor, the party’s national vice chairman said AbdulSalam was sacked because he allegedly contravened various sections of the party’s Constitution.
Okafor said the former chairman allegedly embezzled over N1.3 billion party fund.
This paved the way for Dr. Mike Omotosho, who is the former governor of Rotary International, to have been elected by the convention on Tuesday, 3rd October, as the new chairman of Labour Party (LP).
It is on record that Calistus Okafor, the deputy chairman presided over the convention.
Okafor told the convention that the case of theft and diversion of party fund against the former National Chairman, has been reported to the police.
Omotosho, the new party National Chairman, however, said the members of Labour Party (LP) must embrace best practises and honesty in their dealings as a party.
He said: “Since I have extracted your commitment, I want to say that the right change is coming to this party of the people. I sincerely believe we can produce the next president of this country. But we cannot continue to do things the same way and expect a different result.
“We must embrace best practises and honesty in our dealings as a party at all level. I assure you that this party shall never remain the same again.”
Ebere Ifendu Esq, the publicity secretary of the party, who spoke on the change of guards, expressed confidence that “this necessary repositioning will rightly put the party as a major contender in the coming elections”.