- The Labour Party said it is not in any coalition with any party
- The PDP had said that the party was in coalition with other parties ahead of 2019
- In reaction, Labour Party said it would study any alliance first before making its move
The Labour Party (LP) has distanced itself from the coalition of political parties which recently came together in an attempt to oust the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.
Dr Mike Omotosho, national chairman of the party said this while addressing newsmen on Wednesday, July 11, in Abuja.
According to him, the Labour Party is not part of any coalition with any group. He said that the leadership of the party has not been consulted, neither has there been any formal meeting or agreement between the party and any other political party in Nigeria in that 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 decision is taken.
“It is an undisputable fact that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and its allies, the Trade Union Congress (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, the NWC, NEC, nor NLC are aware or privy to this crocket coalition engagement," he said.
He, however, called on Nigerians to disregard all allusions to the inclusion of the Labour Party and those of the NLC and TUC, as members of any collation.
Omotosho added that the commitment of the Labour Party to the coalition is therefore the fiery imaginations and fictions of a few recalcitrant members. According to him, this borne out of their hurriedness to mortgage the party for their selfish political end.
“We hereby dissociate our great party, the Labour Party, from such a gathering, calculated to further throw the political atmosphere of Nigeria into more heinous confusion," he said.
He said as the nation prepares for the upcoming general elections, the Labour Party was consulting with party stakeholders, mobilising its members and preparing their candidates for elective offices.
Omotosho also explained that the party was not averse to partnering with like-minded groups and parties seeking to help transform the nation.
He said that at the moment the party was more concerned about challenging the current administration to deliver more on their promises. He said the party was committed to challenging the ruling APC to deliver more for the Nigerian workers, most of whom still struggle to eke a living from their wages and salaries.
“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," he added
Meanwhile, former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubarkar, on Monday, July 9, said the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) amongst the various opposition parties will end negative change in the country.
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He described the MoU as a watershed moment towards the consolidation of democracy, politics of purpose and citizens centred development in Nigeria.
Abubakar, in a statement issued by his media office on Monday in Abuja, commended Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for having the foresight to bring together Nigeria’s opposition parties under one big umbrella.
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