The Labour Party (LP) has dismissed reports that it is in merger talks with another political party, specifically the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to reports, Atiku Abubakar, the PDP’s presidential candidate in the previous election, urged a combination of opposition groups in order to dethrone the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
However, Obiora Ifoh, the Labour Party’s national press secretary, said in a statement on Thursday that rumors that the party was in merger talks were “twisted to embarrass the Labour Party.”
“Kindly disregard the sensational news making the rounds that suggests the Labour Party is working out a merger arrangement with any other political party,” the message said.
“It is simply a news item that has been twisted and sensationalized by a section of the media in order to embarrass the Labour Party.”
“A news organization requested a response to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s proposal for opposition political parties to band together to fight the APC’s proposed one-party system in Nigeria.”
“In my response, I stated that it was only a proposal and that every Nigerian should be interested in making democracy work in Nigeria, as we currently have an autocracy.”
“There was no mention of the alleged merger between LP and PDP in the response.”
“Because the Labour Party has just completed the 2023 general election episode and a post mortem has yet to be held, the party’s future has not been discussed.” Nigerians will be appropriately informed when we do so.
“As a result, I urge Nigerians to ignore such and other twisted and sensational stories purportedly emanating from the Labour Party.” The party has an established platform via which it disseminates information.”