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Labour Party Denies Merger with PDP in Kaduna


Labour Party Denies Merger with PDP in Kaduna

By Abdullahi Ahmad Bamalli

The Kaduna state branch of the Labor Party (LP) has debunked claims that gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Asake withdrew from the campaign and disintegrated his role for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Kaduna’s nine gubernatorial candidates on Monday endorsed PDP candidate Isa Ashiru as the consensus candidate ahead of Saturday’s gubernatorial election. LP said its candidate was asked to resign for Ashiru but refused.

The party’s Director of Kaduna State Planning, Research, and Strategy, Dr. Polycarp Gankon, announced this at a press conference on Tuesday.

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He stressed that LP stood on the Southern Kaduna Charter and would not be a party to any decision that perpetually placed Southern Kaduna indigenes as second-class citizens in the state.

He said Asake remained the best and most credible among all the candidates contesting the March 11, governorship election in the state.

He said, “After due consultation with the Labour Party at the state and national levels, as well as looking at the voting pattern of Labour Party supporters in Kaduna State, we make bold to declare that the Labour Party has not and will not go into any merger with PDP.”

He, therefore, urged their supporters to disregard any public announcement or secret propaganda that the Labour Party had stepped down for PDP or any other party in the state.

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