The Labour Party (LP) has stated that it has no intention of forming a coalition with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in order to unseat the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2027 general elections.
Obiora Ifoh, the LP’s spokesman, said in a statement on Thursday that his party had just concluded the 2023 presidential election episode and that a post mortem would be held.
Ifoh stated that the party’s next steps have not yet been discussed and that “when we do, Nigerians will be properly informed.”
The LP was reacting to a proposal by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who was the PDP flag bearer in the February poll, that opposition parties merge to defeat the ruling APC in the next presidential election.
Atiku, on Tuesday, had expressed concerns that Nigeria was moving towards a “one-party dictatorship” state and called on other opposition parties to come together to defeat the ruling APC.
Reacting to the statement today, the LP said Atiku’s call “was only a proposal and every Nigerian should be interested in making democracy work in Nigeria and that what we have presently is an autocracy”.
“There was no where in the response that the purported merger between LP and PDP was mentioned.” Ifoh emphasised.
Also, the ruling APC slammed Atiku, over the proposal, saying the ex-VP and his party failed at the polls since 2015 and have failed to offer credible opposition to Nigerians.