By Dapo Akinrefon
lagos—The Labour Party, LP, has denied reports of an impending merger of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and other parties such as the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Hope Party, and KOWA Party to form a formidable mega opposition party to challenge the All Progressive Congress, APC.
Speaking with journalists over the weekend, the National Secretary of Labour Party, Mr Kayode Ajulo debunked the rumours as “false and diversionary”, stating that at no time whatsoever had the leadership of the party entered into merger talks with any other party.
He said “the rumoured talks of a merger between the Labour Party and other parties such as the PDP is a figment of the fevered imagination of some mischievous peoples. Such an issue has not been raised within the party exco at all, and neither has anyone or, any party has any agreement on the issue with us. “It is highly irresponsible for anyone to drag the esteemed name of Labour Party into rumours of an impending merger. If at all, anyone has entered into any such talks, he is doing it strictly on his own, not in the name of the Labour Party,” he said.
The Labour Party scribe, however, noted that “political power or relevance for its own sake is not the goal of the Labour Party” adding that the party was committed only to the cause of the Nigerian workers and the masses in general. “Our goal is not just to seek power or relevance; we are committed to alleviating the sufferings of all Nigerians. ”We are therefore prepared to work with anyone who will put the Nigerian people first, and seek to bring succour to the homes of Nigerians across the nation.
”We will cooperate with any government, group and individual that shows with its policies and actions that it truly seeks to bring relief to Nigerians, that is also our desire, so it is only reasonable to cooperate with such groups, if any,” Ajulo said.