The leadership of the Labour Party has confirmed that they are part of the new coalition of concerned political parties that was launched this week after its name was missing from the list of parties listed.
A group of seven opposition political parties on Wednesday formed a new coalition tagged the Coalition of Concerned Political Parties, comprising the Peoples Democratic Party, African Democratic Congress, Social Democratic Party, Peoples Allied Movement, New Nigeria Peoples Party, Young Progressives Party, and Zenith Labour Party
However, speaking to newsmen on Saturday, the National Secretary of the party, Umar Farouk, explained that the National Working Committee of the LP was duly informed about the formation of the coalition.
He said, “They (coalition) wrote and informed us. In fact, we shortlisted people to represent the party at the session yesterday (Thursday); unfortunately, those who were supposed to be there did not go. But we are together with them. The LP is part and parcel of the coalition.”
The chief spokesman of the Labour Party, Yunusa Tanko, also stated that the mission of the coalition was basically to defend the tenets of democracy and ensure that the country did not fall into a one-party state.
“The LP has been speaking basically with the PDP, NNPP and trying to see how we can speak as one to save democracy in which all of us are stakeholders,” he said.
Meanwhile, the ruling All Progressives Congress has dismissed the threat of the new coalition as the National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka disclosed that while members of the new coalition were free to exercise their democratic rights, the ruling party was not losing sleep over the development.