Lamidi Apapa, the factional chairman of the Labour Party (LP), has threatened to expose Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of LP in the last elections.
Apapa, who continues to insist that he’s the authentic national chairman of the party, had a torrid time at the election petition tribunal on Wednesday.
He had to deal with bitter exchanges inside the tribunal over sitting arrangements, and was booed by supporters of the party as he emerged from the tribunal, while his cap was yanked off his head.
Addressing the press after the chaotic court session, the embattled politician expressed displeasure that Obi appears to be taking sides with Julius Abure, the LP chairman removed by the court.
Apapa has been accused of collecting bribes from other political parties to destroy LP from within — an allegation he has continued to deny.
He said Obi has been economical with the truth so far and that he will expose the former Anambra governor.
Apapa however failed to state what he seeks to expose about the LP standard bearer.
“On the allegation of bribe taking, it’s not true. If you have your evidence to prove, bring your evidence that I have collected money or we’ve collected money from anybody. It’s absolutely untrue,” Apapa said.
“On Peter Obi taking sides, I don’t want to expose him, but he deserves to be exposed. Sometime ago, in one of the interviews he (Obi) granted, he said he does not know me at all.
“I have been trying to cover him, but he does not deserve it. The reasons are this: This is a man, during his primary in Asaba, I did the opening prayer. And I was not a young officer. I was the deputy national chairman of the party. I have been 21 years in this party. I have held a lot of positions in this party to the level I am today.
“Obi’s first campaign started in Benin. I was in Benin with him. And we used his aircraft from Benin back to Abuja–chartered plane. Not only that, when he came to Ekiti (Afe Babalola University), I led the team that hosted him in that campus. We were there for over two hours. I led the team to the palace. And he doesn’t know me?”
Apapa also directed expletives at the “young chap” who removed his cap at the court.