2027: LP reserves Presidential ticket for Peter Obi - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Wednesday, March 27, 2024

2027: LP reserves Presidential ticket for Peter Obi

…Otti gets automatic ticket for Abia guber 

The Labour Party’s highest decision making body, the National Convention, has announced that it has reserved its 2027 ticket for the party’s leader, Mr. Peter Obi.

In the same vein, the party also announced a right of first refusal for the Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, should he decide to seek reelection on the party’s platform. 

This decision was contained in a Communique issued after the party’s National Convention, held in Nnewi, Anambra State, on Wednesday. 

It was signed by the re-elected National Chairman of the party, Comrade Julius Abure, and National Secretary, Umar Faruk Ibrahim. 

The communique read in part: “The Convention in session based on the antecedents of the Presidential candidate before, during and after the 2023 General Election recommend that the 2027 Presidential ticket of the party be solely reserved for His Excellency, Mr. Peter Gregory Obi, the National leader of the party.

“Furthermore, the Convention in session reviewed ongoing development and performance of its Governor in Abia state, His Excellency, Dr. Alex Otti and pass a vote of confidence on him and recommend the 2027 Abia state Gubernatorial ticket of the party be reserved for His Excellency, Dr. Alex Otti.”

The National Convention also reviewed the state of the nation and concluded that “it is not grabbing power that matters but what you do with it.”

The LP noted that after the 2023 general election, the security situation in Nigeria has rather than improve deteriorated. 

It observed that there is a geometrical increase in numbers of lives lost and the economy has worsened as the standard and conditions of living of the Nigerian populace has continue to deteriorate. 

It added, “Inflation is sky rocketing, unemployment rate is high, this has led to massive hunger and poverty in the land. 

“This is a result of the continuous devaluation of the currency and increase in petroleum product prices. 

“The Convention in session therefore called  on the President, Commander -in -Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to quickly take drastic and proactive steps to save the economy from total collapse to revive the economy and put it on the path of growth and development. 

“The Convention in session also advises the President to bring up proactive measures that will encourage indigenous producers so that our Gross Domestic Production can increase and dependency on foreign products should be discouraged.”

The communique further read, “The Convention recommends that sound economic team that will take a holistic review of various economic strategies to see how it can be revamped and have citizens enjoy the Natural potentials the nation is endowed with and put the country in her rightful place among the community of nations due to its abundant natural and human resources. 

“The Convention in session also noted with concerns the renewed insecurity in the country especially Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, and other states. The Convention hereby calls on the President as the commander in chief of the armed forces to secure the lives and properties of Nigerians, which is the primary responsibility of the government. 

“The Convention also calls for general restructuring of the security architecture to meet up with current security challenges facing the nation. 

“The Convention advocated for decentralization of the Nigerian Police Force to pave way for regional, state, local and community policing.”

Some of the far reaching decisions taken during the event include a directive that all individuals and groups who worked independently in support of the Obi/ Datti Presidential Campaign, as well as LP campaigns nationwide should collapse their structures into that of the party for better coordination. 

Clement Ojukwu was announced as Deputy National Chairman, while the party’s Acting National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, was confirmed as National Publicity Secretary.  

Most members of the Abure-led NWC retained their positions except for the suspended National Treasurer, Ms.Oluchi  Opara who was replaced by Ms. Ngozi Doga.

However, three out of a total of the 21 National Working Committee (NWC) positions reserved for the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress; such: as Deputy National Chairman (NLC) and Deputy National Chairman (TUC) were left blank as the two statutory bodies were said not to have sent representatives. 

Although the communique said the party leader, Mr. Peter Obi and the Abia State Governor, Alex Oti were among dignitaries at the event, this information could not be independently verified as at the time of filing this report. End

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