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Labour Party distances self from membership of coalition, merger arrangement

Labour Party (LP) has denied membership or endorsement of a new Coalition of Concerned Political Parties that was launched last week, insisting that it was not even represented at the meeting of the group.

LP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, said that “it is still undergoing a Post Mortem of the 2023 general election and until after the exercise, we will not be in a hurry to join the fray of any political arrangement.”

The party said, however, that “we will continue to participate in select meetings of like minds where issues arising from the last general elections are discussed with intentions to propose plausible solutions to developments that are threats to our democracy.

“Labour Party is interested in leading discussions on electoral reforms in Nigeria. We will like to find a lasting solution where a President of Nigeria with a population of over 200 million emerge with less that 9 million votes, and with less than 10 percent of registered voters.

“Labour Party is also interested in finding a lasting solution to a situation where the courts have usurped powers of the electorate. It is frustrating that after all the stress involved in elections on the sides of both the candidates and the electorate, and after securing electoral victories at the polls, 3 or 5 individuals gleefully upturn the verdict of the people on the alter of some unfounded technicalities. That is not what democracy preaches.

“On that note, our party will support a meeting or conferences of opposition political parties in Nigeria which will brainstorm together for the purpose of championing a brand of democracy which will yield power to the people and not to some anti democratic elements.”

 

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