The National Chairman of LP says they are not ready to join any inclusive government
The Labour Party (LP) yesterday described the recent call by its National Secretary, Olukayode Ajulo on president Mohammade Buhari to set up an inclusive government as a personal opinion, which has nothing to do with the position of the party.
National Chairman of the party, Abdul Salam Abdulkadir while reacting to statement noted that the party has no reasons to join any inclusive government by the president, stressing that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) government of president Buhari.
The LP chairman noted that the party did not at nay time meet to take such position of calling on the president to set up an inclusive government, adding that as a marketable political party, it would rather remain a leading opposition party that join in the call for the president to set up an inclusive government.
He regretted that despite all the campaign promises of the APC, which won it the support of Nigerians at the polls, the party has rather allowed itself to be swallowed in crisis while insurgency has multiplied more that it was when they met it.
“The statement is quit embarrassing and is taken very serious by the Labour Party. Firstly it is not the position of the party. For any policy statement of that nature to come out from the party, it must come from either the National Chairman or publicity secretary. There was no time the party decided through what ever of its organs to advise either the APC or president Mohammadu Buhari on what type of government it should operate or constitute. Here, they have promised change, which we are yet to witness. So we could not be given the impression as if we want to be part of their government. At any point in time at their campaign, they give time lag of eradicating Boko Haram within weeks, today the problem of insurgency has become more complicated that how they met it.
“We are giving them the free hand to operate the way they want, all we urge is that they implement their agenda based on the interest of Nigerians. The Labour party has not seen anything worthwhile from the ruling APC that would warrant our call for them to set up an inclusive government. We have no business with any type of government they form. As at now, we have not seen any reason to call for or join any party in an inclusive government. We have not seen the direction of the government. If we are invited, we are a marketable political party and must make sure that we have input, we must present to them and be sure that they will appreciate our manifesto. We cannot just join any party’s government just because they are ruling, we are not hustlers, we are ready to help any government to solve the problems confronting the country, but we are not in a hurry to be part of any government, especially this government which we have not seen as a
succeeding one. The problem facing the APC is so monumental that they have not been able to solve the crisis within their party, not to talk of bringing in other people to work with. They have not achieved 5% of the totality of what they claimed they would achieve within the first month of their inauguration. That is why we feel that it will be difficult for the Labour Party to consider itself to be part of the government. We are rated as a major opposition party in the country because both the APC and PDP are the same as far as Nigerian politics and democracy is concerned”. He stated
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