Labour Party Rejects Defecting YPP Chairman, Namo Over Corruption Allegations

Bishop Namo, the Young Progressives Party’s suspended state chairman, was not welcomed into the Nasarawa State Labour Party due to suspicions of corruption.

According to reports, Namo was suspended from the Young Progressive Party (YPP) by the party’s national leadership for allegedly accepting a bribe from a frantic politician in order to illegally replace the name of John Mark, the party’s candidate for the Akwanga/Nasarawa Eggon/Wamba Federal Constituency in the 2023 general election.

On September 21, 2022, Namo declared his support for the Labour Party and asserted that he had been welcomed into its fold. This declaration may have been motivated by the action taken by the YPP’s national leadership.

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However, the Nasarawa State chairman of Labour Party, Alexander Emmanuel, during a press conference in Lafia on Sunday, said Namo will not be accepted into the party until he is declared innocent of the allegations leveled against him in the YPP.

He said, “Labour party is a peaceful-loving political party. Our members here in Nasarawa state are known as peaceful people because we do not like trouble.

“We heard that Bishop Namo was suspended by the YPP over some corruption allegations. We do not know if they are true or false at the moment, but we will only accept him into the Labour Party when we are sure that he is innocent of the allegations.

“On September 21, so many people called me on phone and said they read on social media that Namo has joined the Labour Party and I told them that the information was not true because none of LP’s electoral ward or local government chairmen across the state has intimated me about such development. So, the general public should disregard that information because it is not correct.”

On the 2023 general election, the LP State Chairman said the party was prepared to take-over power both at the federal and state levels, adding that citizens of the country were tired of bad governance, and are ready to vote out corrupt politicians with their permanent voter cards.

“It is a known fact that Nigerians are tired of bad governance in the country, and we are all going to use our PVC’s to vote out bad and corrupt political leaders in 2023. So, I am optimistic that candidates of the Labour party will emerge victorious in the coming elections,” the LP Chairman added.