Peter Obi group accuses LP federal lawmaker of anti-party activities

A group under the aegis of Obi for Nigeria in Rivers State has accused Manuchim Umezurike, the member representing Port Harcourt Federal Constituency 1 at the House of Representatives under the Labour Party, of engaging in anti-party activities.

In a statement made available to newsmen by its state leader, Tony Chinda, the group called on the Labour Party leadership, its 2023 presidential candidate Peter Obi, and Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara to closely monitor Umezurike.

It alleged that signals suggest Umezurike is a “sleeper mole” within the Rivers State Government’s camp.

Despite being a Labour Party member, Umezurike has aligned himself with Governor Fubara amid the ongoing political impasse in Rivers State.

But Chinda, in the statement said the Federal lawmaker is working for the camp of the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike.

The group, which claims that the party’s mandate was stolen in broad daylight during the 2023 presidential election in Rivers State, noted that they secured the Federal House of Assembly seat for Port Harcourt Constituency 1, which was won by Umezurike.

However, they accused Umezurike of failing to make any significant impact on his constituents, citing the lack of constituency projects and his alleged absence from plenary sessions for the past five months.

“Ever since Umerzurike Manuchim made it to such an elevated position, we are yet to see his value at the Federal House of Assembly. He has passed no bills nor has he contributed to the plenaries.

“We have copies of minutes from the floor of the National Assembly to show that since Umezurike Manuchim assumed that office, he has not been actively representing the people who gave him the mandate.

“Rather, he has been hobnobbing with members of the Peoples Democratic Party in anti-party activities, so much so that he lives in the Government House of the Rivers State Government.”

Chinda also highlighted Umezurike’s disregard for the party in the state, stating that he, “has neither been at his party office in Rivers State nor has he had any meeting with the leadership of his party at the state level even up to this moment.”

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