Labour Party has reportedly postponed the inauguration of its presidential candidate, Peter Obi’s campaign councils.
Recall, that the embargo placed on political campaigns by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been lifted today, September 28, 2022.
The Labour Party which is yet to constitute its campaign council as the campaign kick-off is said to be making consultations across the country.
Speaking on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, on Obi’s campaign, the National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, Abayomi Arabambi disclosed that the party has no plan to host any inauguration.
He, however, said the candidate would unveil his policy document on the same day he announces his presidential campaign council.
Arabambi stated, “We are not having any inauguration for now. Our candidate is focusing on sorting out the composition of his presidential campaign council and the nationwide consultation he is conducting.”
Asked if the Labour Party PCC would be ready this week, the party spokesperson disclosed that he can’t give a definite date.
“I may not give you a definite date until I return to Abuja on Friday but I can assure you that Obi will release his policy document at the same time he announces his presidential campaign council,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Labour Party, Tuesday, declared its readiness to commence campaigns in full compliance with electoral guidelines.
In a statement signed by its National Chairman, Julius Abure, the party commended INEC on its position on incumbent political office-holders “who use the power of incumbency to deny opposition parties access to public facilities for campaigns,” an action which the Commission said was illegal and would attract sanctions as spelt out in the Electoral Act, 2022.
The statement read in part, “The position of INEC is germane with the recent attacks on the supporters of Labour Party candidates across the nation particularly in Ebonyi, Enugu, Katsina and Kaduna amongst others.
“It is a fact that the popularity and influence of Labour Party recently have been astonishing wherein it has witnessed exponential and geometric growth across the states.’’