The incessant abuse trading between Lamidi Apapa, a factional Labour Party chairman and Peter Obi the Presidential candidate, was taken to a higher level on Wednesday when camps of the two party chieftains were involved in a serious brawl in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria.
Apapa, during an interview with Arise TV today hit the former Governor of Anambra State.
His words read in part, “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.
The party man said Obi cannot deny knowing him because he was the one who did the opening prayer during his primary election in Asaba, Delta State. He furthered that he has held various positions in the party within the period of 21 years.
“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 many positions in this party to the level I am today.
He also revealed that he was with the LP presidential candidate during his campaign flag off in Benin, Edo State, leading the delegation that hosted him at the Afe Babalola University, in Ekiti State.
“Obi’s first campaign started in Benin. I was in Benin with him. And we used his aircraft from Benin back to Abuja–a chartered plane. Not only that, but when he came to Ekiti (Afe Babalola University), I led the team that hosted him on that campus. We were there for over two hours. I led the team to the palace. And he doesn’t know me?”
Debunking bribery allegation levelled against by Obi’s camp, Apapa challenged the camp to present evidence that shows he received money from anyone, thereby describing the insinuation as “absolutely untrue.”
“On the allegation of bribe-taking, it’s not true. If you have evidence to prove, bring your evidence that I have collected money or we’ve collected money from anybody. It’s absolutely untrue,” Apapa said.