The Labour Party (LP) has said it has no plan to merge with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to dislodge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2027 general elections.
The party’s spokesman, Obiora Ifoh, noted this in a statement on Thursday. His comment follows the proposal by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, that opposition parties should merge to defeat the ruling APC in the next presidential election.
On Tuesday, Atiku voiced worries that Nigeria was heading toward a “one-party dictatorship” and urged the other opposition parties to unite in opposition to the APC, which is currently in power.
The LP responded by stating in a statement released on Thursday that Atiku’s request “was only a proposal and that every Nigerian should be interested in making democracy work in Nigeria and that what we have presently is an autocracy.”
According to Ifoh, the party has just concluded the 2023 presidential election episode and is yet to hold a post-mortem.
He added that the party is yet to address its next line of action but, “when we do, Nigerians will be properly informed”.
“There was nowhere in the response that the purported merger between LP and PDP was mentioned,” Ifoh stressed.
Regarding the idea, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) also attacked Atiku, claiming that the former vice president and his party had not been able to win elections since 2015 and could not also provide Nigerians with a strong opposition.