The Edo State Chapter of the Labour Party has denied an alleged alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party, ahead of the March 11 House of Assembly election in the state.
The PDP Chairman of the party in Edo, Comrade Kelly Ogbaloi disclosed this in a press conference on Thursday
He said, “Information reaching the hierarchy of the Labour party is that the PDP have been engaging in last minute manoeuvring, running nocturnal meetings and seeking ways to meet Labour party House of Assembly candidates.
“This can be understood from the damming failure they experienced in the polls on February 25.
“They could be looking for an alliance but certainly not with the Labour party and its House of Assembly candidates.
“We unequivocally declare that we are going into the election with all our hearts and therefore not holding consultation or judicial disposition with any political party, be it PDP or APC. We further clear that those PDP allegedly invited to a meeting are no members of Labour party.
He urged supporters of the party to ignore information about alliance with any political party.
He further implored supporters of the party to vote for LP candidates in the House of Assembly election.
“We encourage the people of Edo State, our teaming supporters, respected support groups, to come out in full strength and replicate the gallantry we showed in the Presidential and National Assembly elections last Saturday. Don’t be deterred and do not be intimidated, we have done it and we can do it again. Let’s take Edo State back.”
The party called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct another election in Edo North and other areas where there was trouble during the election.
He added, “We have received the results declared by INEC and hold the view that the institution has not done well. All the results across the country were riddled with manipulation.
“Outright physical attacks by persons allegedly identified as government agents in collusion with Nigeria Police was reported. In some instances, result sheets and other election materials were taken away.
“Our expectation was that by the age of INEC today, they would bring to the Electoral table such improvement that can define sophistication and setting of new standards for the world on election management but no.
“What we saw was shameful compromises, reckless indulgence and thoughtless cancellation of elections in the units and avoidable omissions. The almighty BVAS glowingly extolled by Professor Mamoud Yakubu and his gangs was a fiasco,” he added.