From Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin
The Edo State Labour Party chairman, Kelly Ogbaloi, has issued a 7-day ultimatum to one Ms Blessing Agho who allegedly accused the national chairman of the party, Barrister Abure Julius of collecting N30 million from Hon Elizabeth Ativie, a former Speaker of the state House of Assembly.
He gave the ultimatum while speaking to newsmen in Benin City.
Ogbaloi said it became necessary to issue the ultimatum after the leadership had carried out their internal investigations to be sure nothing of such took place.
According to him, the write-up was maliciously designed and sponsored by opposition parties to drag the party into the mud because of the party’s popularity in recent times ahead of the 2023 general election.
He described the allegation as baseless and unfounded orchestrated by malicious individuals just to gain cheap political points.
“Ms Blessing Agho has been maligning the name of our national chairman, barrister Abure Julius of collecting N30 million from Hon. Elizabeth Ativie. But as a party that believes in the vision of a new Nigeria, we carried out our internal investigations and findings revealed the writeup was coming from someone who was never a card-carrying member of the Labour Party.
“She now felt that the best way to gain the sympathy of the general public is to chunk out unfounded reports and circulate them on social media”, she said.
He further emphasized that unless she withdraws such a statement and tenders an apology to the leadership of the party, she would have multiple litigations bothering on defamation of character to battle with.
He however affirmed the party’s position that Hon. Ativie Elizabeth as published by Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) remains the candidate of the Labour Party in the Egor/Orhionmwon federal constituency in the upcoming election.
He further called on Mr Murphy Imasuen to remain a committed member of the party and place the party’s interest above personal interest.
Reacting via a phone call, Ms Blessing Agho denied any statement of her accusing the national chairman of the party of collecting N30 million from Elizabeth Ativie.