By Emmanuel Aziken
ABUJAâ€”Factional national chairman of the Labour Party, Comrade Abdullahi Mohammed has accused the executive of the party sacked by his faction last weekend of fueling the instability that forced Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole out of the party in 2007.
Defending last weekendâ€™s decision of a group of state chairmen to sack the Chief Dan Nwanyanwu-led national executive, Mohammed accused the sacked executive of closing the party to outsiders to allow for the perpetuation of their executive.
Mr. Nwanyanwu on his part, however, dismissed the charges as fiction, saying his executive was fully in place after last weekendâ€™s national executive committee meeting.
â€œAll efforts made towards the 2007 general elections to expand the party for people to come in so that Labour that has interest all over the place through the trade unions did not succeed. Rather the party was turned into a clique for a few privileged individuals to rattle other progressive party members.â€™â€™
â€œWhen we started agitating for elective convention two months ago, they promised us that they would do exactly that. But what they did was to start removing chairmen so when we saw that, we decided to call a stakeholders’ meeting comprising of all the state chairmen and we did what we did and we have written to INEC.â€™â€™
Blaming the Nwanyanwu-led executive for Oshiomholeâ€™s exit from the party, he said: â€œThat was why Oshiomhole left the party towards the 2007 elections because he lost confidence in the leadership of the party and that the party could not sustain his aspiration because there was no structure solid enough to carry the voice of the voiceless in Edo State and he had to go into the marriage of convenience with the Action Congress.â€™â€™