Labour Party slashes nomination form price for guber aspirants from N25m to N15m
The Labour Party (LP) has reviewed downwards the cost of its nomination and expression of interest forms for governorship elections in Imo, Bayelsa and Kogi States from N25 million to 15 million.
The party said it became expedient and instructive for it to do so, in order to lead by example adding that its Presidential Candidate in the February 25th, 2023 presidential and National Assembly election, Peter Obi had also waded in for the review.
Chairman of the Party, Julius Abure made the disclosure on Tuesday at a special meeting with the Party’s National Assembly legislators elect in Abuja.
According to him, “we have reviewed all the complaints about the high cost of the nomination fees charged by the party, in terms of nomination fees of the Governorship election in Imo state and Bayelsa and Kogi.
“We have reviewed downwards the nomination fees and I am pleased to announce to you that the nomination fees have been reduced from N25 million to N15 million for the governorship elections.
“We have always been a listening party and therefore, for us, as the leadership of this party the needs and aspiration of our people would always be listened to.
“We want to assure members of the party and all Nigerians that the Labor Party would live by example
The chairman also saluted the courage of all those who were injured and all those who were shot during the couse of the election and are still in the hospital recovering.
“I must say that our desire to take back the country and free it from the shackles of poverty, unemployment and misery remains undaunted.
“We shall continue to pursue this cause on behalf of Nigerians and we believe very strongly that a new Nigeria is very possible.
He indicated that the mandate and responsibility given to the party by the Nigerian People and those which were stolen, like all other mandates either at the level of State Governorship or the level of the state houses of assembly or the National Assembly will be retrieved through legal means
“We want to assure all our supporters that we are going to pursue the mandate, retrieve them and take them back on behalf of the Nigerian people. We shall do this lawfully and legally.
He indicated that during the meeting which lasted for about three hours they had a robust engagement with distinguished Senators-elect and House of Representatives members-elect.
According to him, “We appreciate the fact that we must continue to work together as a family. We also appreciate the fact that Labour Party brought us in through the strength of the Nigerian people.”
The Chairman also announced the decision of the party to refund the sum of N25m paid for nomination form by the late aspirant Humphrey Anumudu for the Imo State governorship
Anumudu was reported dead in his Lagos home after returning from a meeting at the LP secretariat in Abuja.
The deceased was a native of Mbieri Ancient Kingdom in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State.
The Chairman said, “One of our aspirants in Imo state lost his life, I am pleased to announce to you and the members of the public and members of the Labour party family and his immediate family, that the party would return to the family, the nomination fee of N25 million.
“We feel that we need to do this to support the family and to show leadership of compassion and leadership of empathy and that is what you get in Labour Party.