The Southeast Stakeholders of the Labour Party (LP) have resolved to formally endorse the presidential candidate of the party, Peter Obi as the official candidate of the Ndi Igbo.
This was part of resolutions taken during a one-day Southeast Stakeholders Summit of the party and support groups at Kobb Event Centre Enugu in Enugu State on the 18th of December 2022.
The Summit with the theme: Road Map 2023 Election – Path to Victory, was hosted by the National Vice Chairman Southeast of Labour Party, Chief Innocent Okeke, and was attended by the critical stakeholders of the party, the members of the National Working Committee (NWC), all the candidates of the party, the Obidient family and all the support groups in the southeast.
The stakeholders also resolved to call on all Nigerians irrespective of their political affiliations to vote for Obi as the next president of Nigeria.
According to them, this will further enthrone justice, equity, and fairness in the political equation of Nigeria.
A communique issued at the end of the summit and signed by Chief Okeke and Chairman, LOC, Chief Chidozie Ezeugwa also listed other resolutions of the stakeholders to include.
“To vote all Labour Party candidates in the upcoming general elections and urge all Igbo community leaders and party faithful to work hard in ensuring that every PVC is collected by eligible voters that will vote Peter Obi and LP candidates en mass in the 2023 General Elections.
“To call on the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammed Buhari, to use his good office to direct all security architecture, as was done in the past with the Northeast in 2015 elections, to arrest the rising security challenges in the Southeast.
“To call on INEC to put better structures in place to remove the bottlenecks associated with PVC collection and also remove the dateline attached to its collection.
“That INEC should as a matter of urgency print the PVC of over ten million registrants across the country so as not to disenfranchise eligible voters who are in the last batch.
“The summit also unanimously resolve to set up an elections management task force to coordinate all elections in the southeast.
The summit while passing a vote of confidence on the National Chairman Barr Julius Abure and the members of his NWC, appreciate the National Vice Chairman of Labour Party Southeast, Chief Innocent Okeke (Agumba), Chief Chidozie Ezeugwa, Dr. Ifedi Okwenna, Amb. Nnamdi Chukwu, Hon. Chimamkpa Anyamkpa, Dr. Emeka Mandela, Chief Godson Okoye, Chief Cletus Ohanta, and Dr. Kach Ononuju, for their unalloyed contributions in making the summit a success.
The summit also noted the urgent need to mobilise the entire southeast to go collect their PVCs preparatory to the 2023 general elections.
Furthermore, it noted the urgent need to mobilize all eligible voters to work and to vote for Peter Obi in the February 25th, 2023 presidential elections, irrespective of any interests and party affiliations.
The summit also noted the rising insecurity challenges in the entire Southeast states, apparently promoted by elements outside the Southeast, and the negative impacts it will have on voter turnout during the forthcoming general elections.
It noted the INEC’s inability to put effective structures in place for people to collect their PVCs seamlessly and the need to remove the deadline for the collection of PVCs.
“We are reliably informed and we note that as of today, INEC is yet to complete the printing of the last batch of ten million registrants of voters in the country,” the communique reads.
“We decry the incessant killings of Labour Party members and supporters in the country especially the recent murder of Labour Party House of Assembly candidate in Onuimo Local Government Area of Imo state, in the person of Late Mr. Christopher Eleghu and the current massacre in Isiuzo Local Government Area of Enugu state.”