2023: Osim emerges C’River Labour Party acting chairman
By Joseph Kingston, Calabar
In order to reposition its Cross River state chapter for the 2023 general elections, the national leadership of Labour Party (LP) has inaugurated a new executive committee in the state, with Ambassador Ogar Osim as acting chairman.
Speaking while handing over appointment letters, party constitution and membership card to the new acting chairman, Thursday, the party’s national vice chairman, [South South], Prince Favour Reuben, said “with the near absence of structures of the Labour Party in Cross River state, the national leadership of our great party decided to re-launch and strengthen the party.
“We are hereby handing over formal appointment letter from Abuja to Ambassador Osim as acting chairman pending when congresses would be conducted in the state. We are also giving him the constitution of the party, the manifesto as well as the membership card.
“From henceforth, whosoever parades him or herself as chairman or leader of the party in Cross River state is an impostor, a fake. We have informed the State Security Service, the Police and other security agencies. Such a person is not recognised by the national leadership of our great party. Ambassador Osim is the only authentic chairman of Labour Party in Cross River state.
“We were very strong in Cross River before some people decided to abandon the ship but we are out to take back our rightful place. The party is not owned by anybody, it was formed by Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC). They contributed and funded the party. It is the only party that has a human being as a logo. This shows we are concerned about the welfare of our people.”
Speaking shortly after his inauguration as acting chairman, Osim said although the challenges before the party were enormous, he would do everything within his capacity to ensure the party does well in the state, calling for team spirit for greater achievement.
“This mandate is achievable if we will work as a team. From my interaction with a cross section of our people, we could see the passion and the drive because the so-called big parties have failed us. Our people will readily embrace the ideal, ideology and vision of Labour party which has dignity as its catchword.
“This state is a labour-friendly state and the Labour Party must dominate its political space. After this inauguration, we will all go back and begin work. We will ensure that within the first one month, all the 18 local government area of the state have structures, after that we shall create structures at the ward level. There is no state that needs an alternative platform than Cross River, and in Labour Party, we will provide the much-needed fresh air,” Osim stated.