Labour Party stakeholders of Southern Kaduna extraction said the party will not merge with any political party in Saturday’s governorship election in Kaduna State.
Addressing newsmen in Kaduna, Labour Party’s Director of Strategy Research and Planning, Dr Polycarp Gankon, explained that a planned negotiation between the party and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Southern Kaduna failed because there was no sincerity of purpose towards arriving at an amicable solution on the way forward for the area and the state.
He added that members of the PDP from Southern Kaduna invited members of LP from the same area with the aim to form a formidable front in the coming governorship election, but the two parties could not arrive at a concrete position.
As a result, he explained that the Labour Party and its governorship candidate are fully prepared to go into the March 11 election with the full assurance of winning the election.
Dr Gankon disclosed that there had been pressure from various Southern Kaduna socio-cultural groups appealing to the Labour Party gubernatorial candidate, Jonathan Asake, to step down for the PDP candidate.
He argued, however, that since the past 24 years of the present democratic dispensation, the PDP in Kaduna State has not, for once, zoned the governorship seat to Southern Kaduna, arguing that the Labour Party has provided that opportunity.
According to him, at a recent meeting with the Southern Kaduna stakeholders, it was unanimously agreed that among the four major governorship candidates, the Labour Party has the most qualified and is capable of fulfilling all the seven charters of the Southern Kaduna people and wondered why the stakeholders opted for a different candidate.
He emphasised that Labour Party is not contemplating any merger with a political party, urging its members to defend the already well-established structure of the party and jealousy guard their votes during the gubernatorial and state Houses of Assembly elections coming up this Saturday.
He called on all members and supporters of the party to come out en masse during the elections on Saturday to vote candidates of the party to victory, assuring that it is only the party’s candidates that have what it takes to change the narratives to the benefits of all in the state.
March 11 guber poll: Negotiation between LP, PDP collapses in Kaduna