Obi visits LP secretariat, but says nothing about merger talks

Labor Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and dozens of his supporters on Tuesday paid a surprise visit to the party leadership at the national secretariat in Abuja.

The former Anambra governor, dressed in a black caftan and his trademark glasses, was ushered into the compound amid shouts of “Obi” and “Our Leader” by party members, some of whom were dressed in customized LP outfits.

Obi was received by the party’s national president, Julius Abure, and members of its national working committee at around 2pm.

The visit comes barely a week after Obi met behind closed doors with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido and former Senate President Bukola Saraki to discuss a possible merger before the 2027 elections.

Addressing the audience, both the national leader of the party and Abure denied allegations that were circulating that there were cracks and divisions in the party.

Obi, although quiet, was open about possible merger talks following his last visit to Atiku.

They also urged aggrieved members of the party to sheathe their swords and consider the survival of the party and Nigerians first above all other interests.

In his speech, the LP president reiterated that it is clear that he has never missed any of the rallies of the presidential standard bearers in the period prior to the last elections and that since then he has remained committed to the course of Obi’s presidency.

He said: “The only rally I missed was the one in Enugu State. And it was as a result of unusual circumstances. At all the other rallies, including the ones we had in Nnewi and Kagoro near the capital city, I joined the presidential candidate in attending those rallies.

“I want to say this very clearly. The convention has come and gone. To all those who are still angry with us over the Nnewi convention, we want to ask you to come together and work with us to build the party of a new Nigeria that has a vision.

“I firmly believe that we must put aside personal interests to seek a new Nigeria that works for everyone.”

Obi, for his part, announced that he was at the secretariat to appeal to all people aggrieved by the party leadership crisis to bury the hatchet and unite.

The national leader of the party further expressed concern that Nigerians were going through difficult times and many of them could not afford the necessities of life.

According to him, it was unfortunate that politicians and elected officials always thought too quickly about elections instead of focusing on governance to improve the lot of the masses.

While assuring his followers that he would work with the new leadership of the party, the former governor urged Nigerians to continue praying for the survival of the country.

“Let’s talk about how we are going to survive until then, because we politicians always focus on the next elections and not on human beings. For me, when they survive until the next election, we can talk about the elections.

“Let us focus on Nigeria and see that Nigeria works. If Nigeria works, the Labor Party will work. If Nigeria fails, the Labor Party will fail too.”