The National Chairman of the Labour Party, Barrister Julius Abure, has issued a warning to party members regarding alleged preparations by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for a potential rerun of the 2023 Presidential Election. Abure conveyed this information during an online meeting held with the Nigerian-American Coalition for Justice and Democracy, led by Professor Eddie Oparaoji, the Labour Party Diaspora Chairman in the United States.
In a statement released by the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, Obiora Ifoh, Abure urged the party’s over 10 million members to remain vigilant and prepared to undermine the APC and its government if their rumored plot comes to fruition.
“Rumors have surfaced that the current government is already making plans for a rerun, and this is one area where we will seek your support,” Abure stated.
“We should also be getting prepared because since all those in government are already preparing for rerun we too should not be taken unawares.
“So, we will be needing your engagement and support on this aspect if par adventure it happens today, that the election is nullified which is not what we are asking for, because we are asking for outright declaration of Peter Obi as the President of Nigeria.
“We believe strongly that we won that election given the statistics we have, given the result we have, we are not expecting anything less than the declaration of Peter Obi as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. But supposing that didn’t happen as the government is believed to be planning for a rerun it will not also be out of place for we to be preparing for a rerun election.
“Having said this by the side, I must say clearly that we have put all our evidence before the court we are very hopeful that the tribunal will act in our favour.
“And we are very hopeful that supposing the matter gets to the higher court, the Supreme Court, in this case, it will also act in our favour. We are keeping our hope and confidence alive.
“In nine months we are able to change the political narratives of this country and we must build on that successes so that we can have a more formidable party that we can strategically position from the downtrodden people of Nigeria.”
Also, the chairman of the Nigerian-American Coalition for Justice and Democracy, Professor Oparaoji in his speech titled: ‘Fostering a purposeful diaspora partnership for a new Nigeria’ said that the group in partnership with all Obidients in the diaspora has the potential to contribute significantly to Nigerian’s development.
He said, “Through advocacy, human rights promotion, capacity building, investment, education and healthcare support, diaspora engagement, and policy advocacy, we can play a crucial role in fostering Democratic governance, justice, and socioeconomic progress in Nigeria.
“With our diverse network and resources, our diaspora community can be a catalyst for positive change and contribute to Nigeria’s long-term development goal of powering up that new Nigeria of our dream.”