The fast-rising political party in Nigeria, the Labour Party (LP), has set up reconciliation committees in a bid to win the 2024 gubernatorial election in Edo.
The National Publicity Secretary, Obiorah Ifoh, signed a statement on Wednesday on behalf of the Party Chairman, Barr. Julius Abure, ordering the Local Government Chairmen and Ward Chairmen to evaluate their Unit Executives and replace them within the next two weeks.
The Chairman, who has toured some wards and local governments in Edo, called on all the party supporters and stakeholders to forge a common front ahead of the 2024 gubernatorial race to record the feat it did in the 2023 presidential election, where it scored about 75% of the votes to have a convincing presidential win.
“The national chairman embarked on a sensitization tour a week ago, starting from his ward and his unit in Esan North East Local Government Area, Edo Central senatorial district, to the state level.
“He appreciated the state working committee for their solidarity support, hard work, and resilience in the 2023 general election, which saw the Labour Party score 75 percent in the presidential election and, in so doing, deprived all other political parties of getting 25 percent in the election.
“The national chairman then appealed to the state executive council to build on this foundation and maintain the tempo in order to be able to participate effectively with the view to winning the governorship election in Edo.
“He equally cautioned the executive over some units across the state that are not in existence.
“Barrister Abure has also set up several committees to reconcile the aggrieved members, even as he charged the state leadership of the party to open its doors to accommodate new entrants and cooperate with all other leaders and stakeholders to ensure a strong, united, and formidable party that will be able to win the governorship election.”
“They were also mandated to report to the House on July 18, 2023. The House further set up a committee to reconcile all the aggrieved members within the State.
“The National Chairman equally educated the State Executives on the need to open their doors to accommodate new entrants. He emphasized that the executives alone won’t be able to win elections, as they need the support of all members. He consequently appealed to them to be open-minded and accept those who were joining the party across all states.
“He charged them to always cooperate with leaders of the party who are not necessarily the executives of the party but who have contributed in one way or another to enhance the growth and development of the party.
“He admonishes that there must be cooperation between leaders and the executives. The House further agrees to engage in an aggressive membership drive across the state in order to strengthen the party and make it the party to beat in the Edo 2024 governorship election,” Obiora said.