The Labour Party (LP) on Thursday said it would release a supplementary list to accommodate persons whose names were omitted from the Presidential Campaign Council.
The party said the list would be released before the inauguration of the campaign council for the Peter Obi and Yusuf Baba-Ahmed presidential bid.
National Chairman of the party, Barr Julius Abure, disclosed this during a briefing at the end of an expanded National Working Committee meeting of the party on Thursday in Abuja.
Abure, who read the communique of the meeting, announced the removal of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba and the President of the Trade Union Congress, Festus Osifo from the campaign council.
The communique reads: “It is in the strength of the above that the Presidential Campaign Council has been duly announced with representation across all States, Tribes and Faith. The Labour Party hereby announces the endorsement of the Campaign Council. However, we acknowledge some omissions and misplacement of some names in the Campaign Council which will be corrected and a supplementary list released before the inauguration of the Council. Also corrected, is the inclusion of NCfront, NLC and TUC members in the Campaign list.
“The expanded NWC reaffirms that the National Chairman, Barrister Julius Abure is a diligent administrator and the effect of his expertise is felt by every member of the Party and therefore urges him to continue with the good work of leading the Party to victory come 2023.
“Labour Party is fully ready, and all parameters to prosecute the election in 2023 has been put in place and as of moment we are consolidating the momentum that will help us establish a new Nigeria come may 29th 2023. We also further make it clear that the Labour Party enjoys a robust relationship with the new Campaign Council.
“The Party reiterates its commitment to gender, youth and social inclusion in all facets of its political aspects and operations.
“NWC in session condemn in strong terms, the incessant attack on Labour Party members and supporters during peaceful solidarity marches in places like Kano State, Kaduna State, Plateau State Enugu State, Ebonyi State and Katsina State by either the Police, thugs of the APC and NNPP political parties, or some nefarious elements of the Ebubeagu vigilante in Imo State and Ebonyi State. It is surprising that the perpetrators of this shameful and inhuman act are yet to be arrested and persecuted in line with the laws. NWC in session therefore insists that the Federal Government and the law enforcement agencies must as a matter of duty fish out these hoodlums and get them prosecuted.
“While thanking the Independent National Commission INEC for modalities put in place so far to ensure free and fair election in the Country, we however urge the Commission to facilitate the timely printing and distribution of PVCs to enable Nigerians vote the Candidates of their Choice.
“It was also placed before the NWC in session that it is in the news media and other information links that attempts are being clandestinely made by the opposition in collusion with the Federal Government to put INEC under pressure with a view to deactivate the BVAS. NWC in session viewed this criminal tendency with every seriousness and vowed to resist such electoral malfeasance.
“The Labour Party takes notice of the recent flooding in various places like Bayelsa, Kogi, Bauchi, Jigawa States to mention but few and Empathize with Nigerians affected by the flood. It is in this direction that the Labour Party is vehemently concerted to ensuring that this sad development in our Country no longer occurs when His Excellency Peter Obi becomes the President of this Country in 2023.
“The Labour Party thanks all the support groups and encourages them to continue with the good intention for our Party.”