The National Working Committee of Labour Party rose from its meeting Wednesday in Ibadan endorsing president Goodluck Jonathan for president in the March 28 presidential poll. National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Abdulkadri Salam explained that LP resolved to support Jonathan at the presidential election after considering candidates of the two major parties; President Jonathan of PDP and Gen Mohammadu Buhari rtd of All Progressive Congress APC.
The party however, warned that it would not support further postponement of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.
Abdulkadri Salam made the declarations in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital during its National Executive Meeting held at premier hotel. Salam noted that going by the youthful age that is in the majority in the country, General Muhammadu Buhari was too old to rule the country, noting that the party has adopted the candidature of President Jonathan. While kicking against the usage of card readers for this year’s general elections. The party said the nation was not ripe for the new technology now. According to Salam, during the Osun and Ekiti elections, Prof. Jega categorically stated that the card reader could not be used as a test-run for very sensitive elections like that of Osun and Ekiti .“In our own view of election sensitivity, the presidential election is more sensitive and crucial that we cannot do anything capable of causing confusion in the process”.
Salam however supported the deployment of military personnel during the general elections. “I want to state emphatically, that the use of deployment of military personnel to provide security at 2015 polls cannot be over-emphased; we are in a state of war, considering the security challenges facing the nation now, it is now important and fundamental that the military be deployed to ensure peaceful elections and protection of lives of electoral officials and party agents during election.He added that the presence of the security personnel at strategic locations on election day would curtail the issue of rigging and snatching of electoral materials”
The National secretary of the party, Barrister Kayode Ajulo explained that the party did not endorse Jonathan like other political parties had done. He said LP adopted the president sequel to the outcome of the findings of a committee set up by the NEC of the party which was only ratified by the party at its NEC meeting today. He said “in this call to onerous duty, the Labour Party cannot afford to stand aloof or choose to be left out. It is even more so because we consider the office of President of our nation an exalted one. It is not an office to be left to the good where there is a better alternative, neither is it one to be left to the deadlier of two devils when there are no other alternatives.” He said added that ”we feel the time is right, a most auspicious atmosphere presents itself to make our choice and declare same, believing that whatever decisions men arrive at in good faith and on the bases of sound principles and compelling realities, the heavens as well as mortals of more than mundane disposition will stand in thunderous acclaim”.
“It is clear that these are certainly not the best of times for our country, not with our past experience under military dictatorship which remained untrammeled for over three decades, and our recent experience again in the hands of dastardly insurgents since the last six years. However, the truth is Nigeria, admissibly, must strive to move forward no matter what”. “Change is desired, but such changes will only make meaning when they are objective in nature and not subjective. The change Nigerians desire at this time is not change of personalities alone. The change the main opposition proposes is based on frivolities and mendacious claims. The change Nigerians desire are verifiable changes and not changes based on the imaginations of day dreamers. Real change can only be based on a foundation of truth and genuine love for the people”