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Labour Party Convention: Julius Abure re-elected, reserve 2027 presidential ticket for Peter Obi

Security Tight as Party Announces Presidential Ticket Reserved for Peter Obi

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The Labour Party’s National Chairman, Julius Abure, clinched reelection at a convention held in Nnewi, Anambra State, amidst heightened security measures. However, the event was marred by controversy as the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) denounced the convention’s legitimacy, insisting that Abure’s leadership would not be recognized.

Amid sparse attendance, Abure emerged victorious following unanimous support from delegates, with the Deputy Governor of Abia State, Ikechukwu Emetu, presiding over the convention on behalf of Governor Alex Otti. Chief Clement Ojukwu was appointed as the Deputy National Chairman, while several other positions within the party’s National Working Committee saw new appointments or replacements.

However, the NLC swiftly rejected the outcome, condemning the convention as an “illegality” and a “charade.” Benson Upah, NLC spokesman, denounced the exercise, signaling potential further actions from the labor union.

In a surprising move, the Labour Party announced its decision to reserve its presidential ticket for the 2027 general election exclusively for Peter Obi, its 2023 presidential candidate. Similarly, the party reserved the governorship ticket for Abia State for Alex Otti, the incumbent governor. This decision was communicated in a communique signed by Abure and the National Secretary, Alhaji Umar Ibrahim.

The communique also called on President Bola Tinubu to address the nation’s escalating insecurity and inflation, urging proactive measures to revive the economy. Despite the controversies surrounding the convention, the party expressed optimism for the future, urging members to consolidate their efforts within the party’s existing structure.

The convention’s outcomes reflect a mix of political maneuvering, internal restructuring, and the party’s determination to maintain relevance amidst shifting political landscapes. As the Labour Party navigates through these challenges, its decisions and actions will undoubtedly shape the trajectory of Nigerian politics in the years to come.

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