The Labour Party of Nigeria has said it would consider establishing an office in Kano State, which is arguably Nigeria’s most populous state and a strategic point for securing mass votes from the northern region in the 2023 general elections.
The party made this known on Sunday June 12, 2022 while responding to a tweet by the former Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media and Digital Communications, Bashir Ahmad.
Ahmad had noted that the Labour Party did not have an office in Kano, a state with an estimated population of 12.5 million people and over five million registered voters.
“Did you know that Labour Party doesn’t have an office in Kano, a state with over 5,000,000 registered voters, not only that the party doesn’t have a single candidate in the whole 44 local governments in the state, and the story is so very similar in, at least, 25/36 states and FCT.
“In Kano and neighbouring Kaduna, Katsina, Jigawa and Bauchi states, the Labour Party doesn’t even have a whole gubernatorial candidate. If you don’t know what that means, then congratulations,” he wrote.
Responding to the tweet, the party said, “We understand your plight with the lack of structural offices in Kano; we know that many of you desire true change but are unable to speak out due to certain situations; be assured that we are on top of the situation and an announcement will be made soon.”
Meanwhile, the presidential flagbearer of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has assured that no community or region would be left behind in good governance, insisting that “structure is all about human beings.”
Obi said, “Whenever I hear of NO STRUCTURE, my answer to it is simple; the 100 million Nigerians that live in poverty will be the structure. The 35 million Nigerians who don’t know where their next meal will come from will be the structure.
“The elderly, our mothers, fathers, and the old ones dying or being owed gratuity/pension will be the structure. ASUU, the lecturers that are being owed, and the students who are not in school will be the structure.
“We’ll create the structure, and they’ll see what the structure is all about. The structure is about human beings.”
The presidential aspirant seeks to unite an ethnically fragile country by lifting people out of poverty and creating a new sense of nationalism and patriotism.
He has promised to publish his governance manifesto in the coming days, which will spell out his priority areas if elected to succeed Buhari.