‘Labour Party yet to get Lagos governorship candidate’
The Labour Party in Lagos State, yesterday, stated it has not concluded plans on the governorship candidate of the party for the 2023 general election, while urging the public to disregard anyone fielding him/herself as its candidate.
This was disclosed during the introduction of the newly reconstituted Lagos State Executive Committee of the party led by Comrade Olukayode Salako, held in Lagos.
Salako said the party is still looking out for who will be a credible candidate as the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) deadline is August 12.
He stressed that the operational mission and vision of the party is to win election in 2023 in Lagos State, adding that it is aware of the challenges the opposition parties have been confronting in the state.
Salako also alleged intimidation by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), while urging President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba to intervene in the matter.
He said: “We know the peculiar dynamic challenges that the opposition parties are facing in the state but what we are practicing is democracy and not autocracy. According to the constitution, every party is allowed to operate under the rule set by the electoral body, INEC. Nigeria is a country governed by law.
“Every political parties is allowed by law to operate and run it’s affairs and when it’s election time, the law permits that we all thumbprint under the rule set by INEC.
“We will form the next government in Lagos come 2023. We appeal to the ruling party to allow us to campaign without fear. Many of our candidates are being intimidated. We have been receiving text messages that they are the only ones that are allowed to be in government. This ought not to be. We urge Mr. President to come to our aid and caution the ruling party in Lagos State to allow other parties to campaign without fear.
“We know the law and it says Labour Party can operate anywhere. They said they have better capacity to run the affairs of the state but we also have the capacity. Nigeria is now Egypt of old, there is hardship in the land; this is the time to rise to its rescue. There is insecurity everywhere. It is time to wake up.”
Some of the executive committee inaugurated include: Kayode Salako, Chairman; Chief Sam Emeka Okpala, State Secretary; Chief Seyi Sowunmi, Deputy State Chairman; Engr. Adeola Adebanjo, Deputy State Chairman; Mr. Lanre Adenuga, Deputy State Chairman; Mr. Ayinla, Deputy State Chairman and Oloye Adegboyegba Adeniji, Deputy State Chairman.
Others are: Chief Tony Obi, Deputy State Chairman; Mrs Titi Oworu, Woman Leader; Mrs. Yetunde Adedayo, State Organising Secretary; Barr. Abass Ibrahim, State Legal Adviser; Mr. Egbewole Adewole, State Treasurer; Chief Joseph Onuorah, Deputy State Chairman and Adesegbe Ehigiator, Youth Leader.
Others also include: Michael Ogunbor, State Financial Secretary; Laura Tolulope Ogunsola, Assistant State Secretary; Ijeoma Anele, Assistant State Secretary; Ebuka Onurah, Auditor; Lady Funke Awolowo, Deputy Woman Leader; Mrs. Dayo Ekong, Deputy Woman Leader; Alhaja Medina Balogun, Deputy State Woman Leader; Osita Joseph, Assistant State Youth Leader; Jennifer Ukachi, Deputy Woman Leader and Mrs Olubunmi Odesanya, Publicity Secretary.