20 March 2018

Nigeria: Labour Party Denies Attending Obasanjo's Meeting With 35 Parties

The Labour Party has debunked claims that it attended a meeting between former President Olusegun Obasanjo and 35 political parties involved in the national coalition ahead of 2019 general elections.

The national publicity secretary of Labour Party, Ebere Ifendu, said their party was not represented at the meeting. She further said that the party has not entered into any alliance or coalition with any party.

The Labour Party was reacting to reports that it was part of a meeting anchored by former president Olusegun Obasanjo with former governors Rabiu kwankwaso (Kano) and others with the representatives of 35 political parties, in Lagos State.

Ebere in a statement said, "Of concern to us is the inclusion of the Labour Party as part of the political parties in attendance.

"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 parties position.

"We also enjoin our media friends to endeavour 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 of the people."

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