‘For proper planning’ — LP reps call for postponement of party’s national convention


The House of Representatives caucus of the Labour Party (LP)
has called for the postponement of the national convention of the party
scheduled for March 27.


The convention was initially fixed to take place on March 29
but was later changed to March 27. The leadership of the party said the date was
changed because the initial day falls on Good Friday, a very important date for
the Christian faith all over the world.


In a statement by Afam Ogene, leader of the LP caucus, he
said the national convention should be postponed for “proper planning”.


The LP caucus said the party needs more time to make proper
and wider consultations and make efforts to bring every stakeholder on board,
before it would go ahead with such an important party event.


 “The national
convention of any national political party is such an important event that
ought not to be conducted without proper planning, or in a hurry,” the
statement reads.


“While we acknowledge that the various challenges currently
being thrown at the national leadership may have been responsible for the
seemingly sloppy organization of the proposed convention, we hasten to add that
the fact that many stakeholders, including my colleagues in parliament, were
not carried along in the whole process leaves resentment trailing the process.


“While we agree that the 29th as earlier scheduled is not
appropriate for the reasons given, we also note that 27th is not any better.
Indeed, many have wondered why a national convention would seem more
preferable, as against the bottom up approach of beginning congresses from the


 “In fact, even more
fundamental is the health and sustainability of our dear party. The party has
for some time now witnessed internal friction and glitches, just like every
other political party in the nation. So, we in the House of Representatives, as
the direct representatives of the people, are of the view that the party needs
some more time to smooth the rough edges in the party leadership system and
operational mechanism before the next convention.


“So, for these reasons, we respectfully call for the
postponement of the national convention and the immediate activation of a
consultation mechanism that would inject a healing and reinvigorating tonic in
the party for a more successful and sustainable future, for the overall good of
our teeming supporters and Nigeria in general.”


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