‘LP not part of coalition, merger arrangement’

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The leadership of the Labour Party has debunked the insinuations that it is part or has endorsed the new coalition of concerned political parties launched earlier in the week.

It was reported that a group of seven opposition political parties formed a coalition tagged, Coalition of Concerned Political Parties.

A statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, ObioraIfoh, indicated that Labour party was not represented at the meeting and therefore couldn’t have been part of the coalition as suggested by the publication.

“The publication, we can confirm, quoted one of our officials out of
context by giving a false impression that Labour Party endorsed the coalition.
“We have continued to posit that the Labour Party 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.

However, he said the party would 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 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, three or five individuals gleefully upturn the verdict of the people on the alter of some unfounded technicalities. That is not what democracy preaches.”

Source: The Guardian

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