Julius Abure, national chairman of the Labour Party (LP), has stated that unknown thugs allegedly escorted by police officers have broken into the national headquarters of the party.
The LP national secretariat is located in Utako district near the federal capital territory office of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).
In a statement on Thursday, Abure, who blamed the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the attack, said the thugs destroyed doors and windows, prompting workers to flee for safety.
“Few minutes ago, the national headquarters of the Labour Party in Abuja witnessed a massive attack and was broken into by a detachment of the Nigerian Police and thugs believed to be working for the All Progressives Congress,” he said.
“The invaders who are armed reportedly pulled down the fences, burglaries, doors and windows to have access to our Secretariat and in the process sacked workers and party members who were at the secretariat.
“Though, I was out of town but information has it that the agenda of the invaders was to inaugurate an illegitimate executive which has been chosen for them by their sponsors.
“Only yesterday, our presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi through the presidential campaign council alerted Nigerians of a plot to hound him out of the country over APC’s covert plot in collaboration with some security agents to frame him up allegedly on matters bothering on treason.”
Abure said the only offence his party might have committed, is challenging the outcome of the presidential election in which its candidate came third.
“We, therefore, call on President Muhammadu Buhari to call his party, the APC to order and also rein them in from using unorthodox means to suffocate political structures in Nigeria,” he said.
“A court of competent jurisdiction only yesterday ordered that I, Julius Abure remain the national chairman, and should not be restrained from performing my duties, it, therefore, baffles me why the Nigerian Police should allow itself to be used to perpetrate illegalities.”
Abure vowed that LP would no longer tolerate the intimidation and deployment of brute forces against it.