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NLC President Ajaero denies knowledge of Labour Party merger talks

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The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Joe Ajaero, has clarified that the congress is unaware of any merger discussions involving the Labour Party (LP) with other political entities in the country.

The Labour Party, a socio-democratic political organization, was originally founded by organized labour.

Speculation has arisen regarding a potential merger between the Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following recent meetings between Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s 2023 presidential candidate, and Atiku Abubakar, the PDP’s presidential candidate in the same election.

Additionally, Obi reportedly met with key PDP figures in Abuja, including former Senate President Bukola Saraki and former Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido.

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In the 2019 elections, Atiku and Obi ran together on the PDP ticket but were defeated by former President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Internal conflicts within the PDP led Obi to leave the party in 2022, after which he contested the 2023 presidential election as the Labour Party’s candidate.

Following a meeting with Obi on May 13, 2024, Atiku stated that the decision regarding their fate in the 2027 general elections would be made by party members.

He expressed his willingness to support Obi if the PDP decided to field a presidential candidate from the South-East and selected Obi. Atiku hinted that his recent meeting with Obi could be a sign of a possible alliance leading up to the 2027 elections.

When questioned about the NLC’s stance on potential merger talks that could lead to the Labour Party’s dissolution or the involvement of organized labour in such discussions, Ajaero responded, “We are not aware of such talks.”

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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