In a recent development, the National Chairman of the Labour Party (LP), Barrister Julius Abure, has alerted party members about alleged plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-controlled government to prepare for a potential rerun election. Abure emphasized that the ruling party is aware of the challenging political climate it faces and aims to strategize accordingly.
The Labour Party National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, disclosed in a statement that Abure urged the party’s over 10 million members to remain vigilant and prepared to further embarrass the APC and its government if their suspected scheme comes to fruition.
During an online meeting with the Nigerian-American Coalition for Justice and Democracy, led by Professor Eddie Oparaoji, the Labour Party Diaspora Chairman in the United States, Abure conveyed his concerns to party members and supporters. He emphasized the need for support in countering the alleged preparations for rerun polls.
Abure was quoted as saying, “There are rumors circulating that those in government are already making plans for a rerun, and we will be seeking your assistance in countering this potential scenario.”
“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.
The LP National Chairman maintained: “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 happened 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 evidences before the court we are very hopeful that the tribunal will act on 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.”
The Lp chairman noted that they were able to change the political narratives of this country in 9 months, adding that they must build on that successes; so that they can have a more formidable party that the party can strategically position for the down trodden people of Nigeria.
The Director of ObiDatti Presidential Campaign, Ambassador Oseloka Obaze, also called on ObiDatti members in diaspora to see the struggle for recovering of LP’s mandate as a collective responsibility, adding one that no one can actually be abandoned for any other reason.
He declared: “Great countries of the world are built by the citizens of the country and I think we have in the diaspora enormous human capital. What we need to do is to be able to harvest them bring them home and make Nigeria to be a great place.
“The process is on going, the campaign to change this nation is not just an event, it is a process, a long drawn process. How long it is going to last, we don’t know, but I think what we serve as the most and best is to remain focused on our various sectors; you that are in diaspora do what you can do to support us, we that are in the trenches, we will continue to keep the ground.”
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 diaspora has the potential to contribute significantly to Nigerian’s development.
He stated that through advocacy, human rights promotion, capacity building, investment, education and healthcare support, diaspora engagement, and policy advocacy, they can play a crucial role in fostering Democratic governance, justice, and socio-ecobomic 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,” he said.