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Labour Party chairman sacks five aides

The National Chairman of the Labour Party, Julius Abure, on Saturday, terminated the appointments of five aides with immediate effect.

The development is coming on the heels of the Supreme Court judgment, which ended the 171-day legal tussle by the LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and his People’s Democratic Party counterpart, Atiku Abubakar, to nullify the election of President Bola Tinubu.

Their termination of appointment, which was contained in a letter titled “Termination of Appointments of Key Aides to the National Chairman”, was signed by the National Secretary of the party, Malam Umar Farouk.

The affected appointees were Chairman of the Labour Party Presidential Campaign Committee on Special Duties, Mandela Ukegbu; Senior Special Assistant on Presidential Campaign, Fund Raising and Grassroots Mobilization, Balami Isaac David; Senior Special Adviser on Strategy, Protocol and International Relations, Didacus Joe-Adigwe; Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties and Mobilization, Princess Ajibola and Senior Special Assistant on ICT, Isaac Imasuagbon.

The statement partly read, “The National Chairman wishes them well in their future engagements. He also warned Mr. Ukegbu who has continued to parade himself to the public claiming to be an aide to the National Chairman to desist from doing so henceforth.”

Although no excuse was given for the termination of the appointment, a party chieftain who didn’t want his name in print explained that it was to cut down on the workforce.

“When you consider their remuneration now that the election and court cases have ended, it only makes sense to cut down on the workforce and official aides. It is also likely the presidential campaign council of Peter Obi may be dissolved very soon,” the source said.

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