By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—THE Labour Party of Nigeria has said that it will not employ any form of violence or other means capable of jeopardizing its aspiration to wrestle political power from the ruling party in Ebonyi State in next year’s general election.
This was part of the submission reached during the party’s local government congress held in Abakaliki yesterday, in which new LG executives emerged under the supervision of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and national officers of the party from Abuja.
Chairman of Labour Party in Ebonyi State, Mr. Uju Afunaya, who expressed optimism that electorate in the state will cast their votes for the party’s candidates, noted that the party was going to field candidates for various positions in next year’s general elections to compete along side any party candidate in Ebonyi State.
His words: “We are prepared for 2011 elections; we are going to field candidates for all elective positions in the state and with the spread of our party, we will emerge victorious. Labour Party is a party to beat. We are prepared for every eventuality.”
“For reasons known to us, we are yet to unveil the candidate who will run for governorship. We have a formidable son of the soil who is vying under the platform of the party.
“In Labour Party, we are not violent; we believe that our votes will count. We believe in one man, one vote. We’ll guide our votes jealously.
“Most persons in Ebonyi are disappointed because of unfulfilled expectations from previous governments and this being so, we know that Labour Party is gong to win elections across the state.”