The leadership of the Labour Party (LP) is reportedly experiencing internal divisions regarding its involvement in the recently formed coalition and merger arrangement.
The coalition, according to the Punch, comprised seven opposition political parties, in a bid to strengthen democracy in Nigeria.
In an exclusive conversation with the Punch, the National Secretary of the party, Umar Farouk, despite the conspicuous absence of Labour Party’s name from the initial list of members, confirmed the party’s participation in the coalition. He explained that the Labour Party’s National Working Committee had been duly informed about the coalition’s formation.
Similarly, the chief spokesman of the Labour Party, Yunusa Tanko, highlighted ongoing discussions between the Labour Party, PDP, and NNPP, emphasizing the need for a unified voice to safeguard democracy.
Meanwhile, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh, according to the Guardian, disassociated the party from the coalition, emphasizing that it was not represented at the meeting and, therefore, did not endorse or participate in the coalition.
Obiora clarified that the publication suggesting the party’s endorsement was misleading and quoted one of its officials out of context, emphasizing that the party is currently undergoing a post-mortem of the 2023 general election and, until the process is completed, will not hastily engage in any political arrangement.