The Labour Party (LP) has distanced itself from the coalition of political parties which recently came together in a merger in an attempt to oust the ruling APC in 2019
Addressing journalists in Abuja, national Chairman of the party, Dr. Mike Omotosho said the Leadership of the Labour Party has not been consulted, neither has there been any formal meeting or agreement between thr Party and any other Political Party in Nigeria in this respect.
He said urged Nigerians to disregard all allusions to the inclusion of the Labour Party and those of the NLC & TUC, as members of any collation.
He said, “We wish to unequivocally state that Labour Party is not part of any coalition. The Leadership of the Party has not been consulted, neither has there been any formal meeting or agreement between our Party and any other Political Party in Nigeria in this respect.
“The Labour Party is not only a political Party but a Political Movement, guided by its ethics, values, principles and social ideology, where all actions are taken in consideration of due process.
“If there was any need for the Party to join any coalition, the consent and the approval of the National Working Committee NWC and the National Executive Council NEC would have been sought before such a huge organ decision is taken.
“It is an undisputable fact that the Nigeria Labour Congress and its allies, the TUC and the civil society, are the owners of the Party. Such a vital decision to join a coalition cannot be effected without the approvals of their respective governmental organs. As it stands now, neither the NWC, NEC, nor NLC are aware or privy to this crocket coalition engagement.”
According to Omotosho, the commitment of the Labour Party to “this unholy alliance is therefore the fiery imaginations and fictions of a few recalcitrant members and borne out of their hurriedness to mortgage the Party for their selfish political end.”
We hereby disassociate our great party, the Labour Party, from such a clandestine gathering, calculated to further throw the political atmosphere of Nigeria into more heinous confusion.
He said as the nation prepare for the upcoming elections, the Labour party is consulting with party stakeholders, mobilizing its members and preparing their candidates for elective offices.
He explained that whilst the party is not averse to partnering with other like-minded group and parties seeking to help transform the nation, it is at the moment more concerned about challenging the current administration to deliver more on their promises.
He said the Party is committing to challenge the ruling APC to deliver more for the Nigerian worker, most of whom still struggle to eke a living from their wages and salaries.
According to him, “the vision and mission of this coalition is not yet clear to Labour Party, we therefore at this moment cannot subject the party to an alliance whose objectives and goals is currently not understood.”
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