JUST IN: Journalists barred as Labour Party holds convention in Anambra

There is a commotion at the Grand Swiss Hotel Nnewi, Anambra state, the venue of the Labour Party national convention.

Seven members of the party have been arrested for attempting to foment trouble at the venue.

Journalists who tried to cover the event have been denied entry into the arena by the party, which is currently experiencing internal conflicts.

When contacted, the state chairman, Hon. Ugochukwu Umeh, stated that the national chairman would address reporters after the event.

The arrested members were said to be distributing inciting leaflets critical of the party leadership

The press gathered they had been taken to the police headquarters in Awka for questioning.

The state chairman of the party, Ugochukwu Umeh, had told The Nation that some elements were being used to cause disaffection in the party

The Labour Party had been in crisis, which led to the shifting of the convention venue from Umuahia in Abia state to Nnewi, in Anambra state.

The crisis, it was learnt boiled down to leadership between Abia Governor, Alex Otti and the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi

Meanwhile, The press gathered that some bigwigs of the party stayed away from the convention.

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