Labour Party Denies Merger Talks with PDP: Calls Reports “Mere Sensation”

Spokesperson Clarifies Statements, Emphasizes Focus on Democracy and Post-Election Evaluation

The Labour Party (LP) has unequivocally denied any plans for a merger with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. In a statement issued on Thursday, the LP’s spokesperson, Obiora Ifoh, dismissed the reports as sensationalized misinformation that should be disregarded by Nigerians.

Ifoh clarified that the supposed merger talks were a misrepresentation of his earlier response to a news organization’s inquiry about Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s proposal for opposition political parties to collaborate against a perceived one-party system planned by the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“It is purely a news item twisted and sensationalized by a section of the media to embarrass the Labour Party. A news organization 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,” Ifoh stated.

He emphasized that his response merely acknowledged Atiku’s proposal as a suggestion, advocating for Nigerians’ collective interest in strengthening democracy amid concerns about an emerging autocracy. Contrary to media reports, the spokesperson clarified that there was no mention of any potential merger between the Labour Party and the PDP in his statement.

“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 concluded, shedding light on the party’s immediate priorities and the need for a comprehensive evaluation following the recent electoral activities.

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