The Labour Party has disowned its Board of Trustees Chairman, Chief Dan Iwuanyanwu, for his statement that the party has endorsed the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, as the LP candidate for the February 14 poll.
The LP also berated Iwuanyawu for stating that the party was in support of the postponement of the scheduled general elections.
National Chairman of the party, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, while addressing journalists in Akure on Saturday, stated that the party had not taken any position on the two issues.
Abdulsalam, who was supported by the party’s National Secretary, Mr Kayode Ajulo, at the briefing, said the two issues were very complicated and critical and no one could take a decision on them without extensive discussion within the party hierarchy.
He said, “The issue of altering the scheduled elections is delicate, critical and a complicated one that somebody cannot just comment about without regard to the party’s hierarchy and processes.
“The Labour Party has guidelines on how things should be done. The party has not met with the executive and other stakeholders to deliberate on the matters. As I am talking to you now, the National Executive Committee has not met to deliberate on these matters.
“Whoever is making statement on the two matters is not saying the position of the party but doing that on his own. He is not speaking for the party as various stakeholders of the party have not met to discuss.”
The LP Chairman said although the party would not field a candidate for the presidential election, the party would make its decision known whether or not to support any presidential candidate.
“It is only the office of the chairman of the party that can make statements on this and whoever says that the party has adopted any candidate does so at his own peril,” Abdulsalam said.
The party chairman, who condemned the attack on the President’s convoy during his campaign in some parts of the country, described the act as unfortunate and should be condemned in its entirety by all Nigerians.
He noted that in the spirit of democracy, candidates should be free to campaign in all parts of the country without any hindrance, saying nobody should justify what happened to the president’s campaign train.