The Labour Party (LP) has said it is not in talks with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over a merger to dislodge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from power at the Federal level.
LP National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar had called for a merger to dislodge the APC ahead of the 2027 elections.
Abubakar, who was the presidential candidate of the PDP in the February 25 election, said only a merger could remove the APC from power at the Federal level.
Ifoh said the Labour Party was yet to take account of the 2023 presidential election.
The statement reads: “Kindly disregard the sensational news making the round which suggests that Labour Party is working out a merger arrangement with any other political party. It is purely a news item twisted and sensationalized by a section of the media to embarrass the Labour Party.
“A news organisation called for a reaction as regards to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s proposal for opposition political parties to work together to fight against one party system in Nigeria being planned by the APC. In my reaction, I said that it was only a proposal and every Nigerian should be interested in making democracy work in Nigeria and that what we have presently is an autocracy. There was no where in the response that the purported merger between LP and PDP was mentioned.
“The Labour Party has just concluded the 2023 general election episode and a post mortem is yet to hold, therefore the way forward for the party has not been discussed. When we do, Nigerians will be properly informed.
“I therefore urge Nigerians to disregard such and many other twisted and sensational stories purported to emanate from the Labour Party. The party has its official platform used to disseminate its information.”