By Lateef Ibrahim Abuja
The Labour Party, LP, one of the registered parties in the country, has distanced itself from a meeting between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and about 35 other parties in Lagos at the weekend.
The meeting, reportedly held in Protea Hotel, Lagos, was anchored by former president Obasanjo with former governor of Kano State and serving Senator, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso as well as representatives of 35 political parties.
The LP specifically expressed concern over the inclusion of its name as part of the political parties in attendance.
A statement yesterday by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Ebere Ifendu, said, “As a party held in trust for the generality of the people of this great country, it is important for us to quickly debunk this falsehood and set the record straight. We categorically declare our inclusion as false. Labour Party had no representatives in the said meeting, and has no association with the coalition for Nigeria Movement in respect to the 2019 general elections. We are not part of any political merger.
“We immediately request an amendment to the story as earlier written to reflect our party’s position. We also enjoin our media friends to endeavor to confirm such stories or any other sensitive information from the official spokesperson of the party before going to the press.
“Our party is currently repositioning for the onerous task of presenting Nigeria with a better alternative to the present government that has not satisfied the yearnings of the majority people,” it said.