By Simeon Osajie
A former Local Government Council Chairmanship candidate and an aspirant in the 2024 gubernatorial election under the platform of Labour Party (LP), Comrade Curtis Eghosa Ugbo has reemphasized that the National Executive Committee (NEC) and Edo State Executive Committee (SEC) led by Barr. Julius Abure and Comrade Kelly Ogbaloi remain suspended.
That was stated in a press statement issued and signed by Comrade Curtis Eghosa Ugbo emanated from his campaign office in Benin City, Edo State capital.
Comrade Ugbo’s statement reads in part: “The purported suspension of Murphy Paul Imasuen, the rightful candidate of the Labour Party in the just concluded supplementary election of Orhionmwon/Uhunmwonde Federal House of Representatives election by the suspended National Executive Committee (NEC) and Edo State Executive Committee (SEC) led by Barr. Julius Abure and Comrade Kelly Ogbaloi have no moral justification to suspend Murphy Paul Imasuen who was duly elected at a well-attended party primary that earned him the Federal House of Representatives candidate based on the Constitution of the Party.
“Recall that Murphy Paul Imasuen, the authentic candidate of the party during Orhionmwon/Uhunmwonde Federal House of Representatives election defeated both the duo of Barr. Julius Abure and Comrade Kelly Ogbaloi-led national and state executive respectively at the Supreme Court to further authenticate him as the rightful candidate of the party.
“Also, the National NEC meeting held in Bauchi State last month already suspended all State Excos including Edo State. Our Acting National Chairman, Mr. Lamidi Apapa-led executive committee do not recognized Julius Abure and Kelly Igbaloi as members of the party, until they agreed to appear before the Disciplinary Committee of the party which the Federal High Court in Abuja had uphold.
“I therefore call on well-meaning Nigerians to disregard the purported suspension of Murphy Paul Imasuen and three others. It is a lost battle for Julius Abure and Kelly Ogbaloi led national and state excos.”