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Following the recent political face-off in the Labour Party of Nigeria, the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, has informed Mr Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of LP in the last election that he is free to leave the party.

Mr Benson Upah, the spokesman of NLC disclosed this during an interview with Punch on Sunday.

He said the issue of whether Obi should stay or leave the party should not be debated, adding that the former governor of Anambra State was free to determine his future.

According to him, the NLC cannot stand in the way of Mr Peter Obi should he decide to defect to another political platform.

Upah described Obi as an asset, noting that the congress would not stand in his way if he chose to leave.

“The right of choice is available to Mr Obi. If he chooses to leave the party, that is his preference. We can’t sit in judgment over him on that. But if he chooses to remain, of course, Peter Obi is an asset any day. I rest my case on that,” he said.

Recall that the leadership of the NLC vowed not to rest until Barrister Julius Abure who was recently re-elected as the national chairman of the Labour Party is booted out of office.

Upah said despite the ‘illegal’ national convention that returned Abure to office, the union would never confer legitimacy or give recognition to his leadership.

He said, “Our position on this matter is clear and has not changed. Abure remains unknown to us. It is not a question of removal. As far as we know, he does not exist.”

Obi expressed displeasure with the leadership of the LP over the manner it conducted the convention in Nnewi, Anambra State, despite his plea for wider consultation.

The former governor in an X Space session last Friday, expressed his frustrations.

Obi said he didn’t attend the national convention that got Julius Abure re-elected as the party’s national chairman because the party’s leadership failed to heed his appeal for wider consultation with relevant stakeholders before the exercise.

His comment has further fuelled earlier speculations that the LP presidential candidate may have started shopping for a new platform despite being guaranteed the 2027 ticket at the convention.

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