2023: Labour party poaches APC, PDP members in Abia
- An array of notable members of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have switched allegiance to Labour Party
- This is the current development within the political scene in Abia state, southeast Nigeria
- However, this development also means that the presidential bid of Peter Obi under the umbrella of the Labour Party has taken a positive turn
Emerging reports have confirmed a series of mass defections with the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia state, the Guardian newspaper reported.
This latest development was made known by the Labour Party chairman in Abia state, Mr Ceekay Igara, on Wednesday, July 6.
As gathered by Legit.ng, some notable names who are serving lawmakers at the lower chamber of the national assembly also cross-carpeted to the Labour Party (LP).
Some of those lawmakers include Darlington Nwokocha and Ginger Onwusibe, who are serving members of the House of Representatives for Isiala Ngwa North/South and Isiala Ngwa North state Constituencies in the state House of Assembly, respectively.
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Similarly, Dr Alex Otti, who joined the Labour Party (LP) from the APC emerged as the flag bearer of the party for the governorship election. Notably, Chief Obi Aguocha, joined LP from the PDP.
Others include Nwokocha, Onwusibe and Aguocha who are both LP candidates for Abia South Senatorial Zone seat, Isiala Ngwa North/South and Ikwuano/Umuahia House of Representatives seats, respectively, in the 2023 general elections, among others.
Labour Party promises political inclusion of new members
Meanwhile, the state chairman revealed that the party is geared toward ensuring a steady order within the party as well as giving room for more entrants and protecting their interests.
Igara appealed to residents of Abia to accept the Labour Party (LP), assuring them that the party is willing and ready to serve
“We want to ensure that our people do not continue to grow in underdevelopment; hence, our readiness to demonstrate what we preach.”
Peter Obi reveals crucial preference for running mate
In another report, Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi has opened up on his preference for a running mate.
While speaking to journalists about this development, he said he will prefer a much younger person.
He vehemently stated that he will not give room for an old person as his running mate ahead of the 2023 polls.
2023: Powerful NNPP chieftain dismisses merger talks with LP
Meanwhile, merger talks between the Labour Party and the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) have collapsed.
This development was revealed by Buba Galadima, a powerful chieftain of the NNPP.
Buba Galadima also reiterated that there have been merger talks between both parties.