Labour Party renames Obidient directorate

The Labour Party has renamed the ‘Directorate of OBIDIENT Affairs’ to the ‘Directorate of Mobilisation and Integration’.

This was contained in a statement published on the party’s website on Thursday and signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh.

Ifoh said, “Following the controversies arising from the creation of the Directorate of OBIDIENT Affairs, in the party, the Directorate is hereby renamed the Directorate of Mobilisation and Integration.

“The inauguration will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2024, at the party’s National Secretariat, Utako, Abuja by 10 am.”

Recently, the LP’s National Working Committee, chaired by Julius Abure, established a dedicated directorate to oversee the affairs and interests of the Obidient Movement within the party.

Abure warned that the ruling elite and suspected saboteurs may have infiltrated the Obidient Movement, potentially undermining the party’s efforts and threatening its progress.

Abure assured that the directorate would function autonomously, with decision-making authority solely in the hands of Obidient Movement members, free from any interference or influence by the party’s executives.

However, the leadership of the Obidient Movement reportedly disowned the decision to establish a directorate.

The Obidient Movement, also known as the ‘Obidients,’ is a political and social movement that emerged from the 2023 presidential campaign of Peter Obi.

Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, stated on Wednesday that the movement transcends a political party, without ethnic or religious ties.

He said the movement aims to hold the government accountable and serve as a beacon of hope for a better Nigeria.