The Labour Party (LP) has denied that the party is planning a merger move with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate at the 2023 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
In a statement on Thursday, the spokesman of the LP, Obiora Ifoh, described the viral reports as a mere rumour which should be disregarded by Nigerians.
“It is purely a news item twisted and sensationalized by a section of the media to embarrass the Labour Party. A news organisation called for a reaction as regards to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s proposal for opposition political parties to work together to fight against one party system in Nigeria being planned by the APC.
“In my reaction, I said that it was only a proposal and every Nigerian should be interested in making democracy work in Nigeria and that what we have presently is an autocracy. There was no where in the response that the purported merger between LP and PDP was mentioned.
“The Labour Party has just concluded the 2023 general election episode and a post mortem is yet to hold, therefore the way forward for the party has not been discussed. When we do, Nigerians will be properly informed,” Ifoh said.
Atiku Abubakar of the PDP came in second in the February election after polling a total of 6,984,520 votes.
Peter Obi of the Labour Party came in third in the election with a total of 6,101,533 votes, while Rabiu Kwankwaso of the NNPP ended fourth on the log with 1,496,687 votes.