The Labour Party in Nasarawa State has said it is targeting two million votes for the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, ahead of the 2023 general election.
The state Chairman of the party, Alexander Emmanuel, made the disclosure in Karu Local Government Area on Saturday while receiving no fewer than 27,000 defecting members of the All Progressives Congress, the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, into the Labour party.
Emmanuel said the party would embark on a door-to-door campaign across the 13 Local Government Areas of the state as soon as the Independent National Electoral Commission lifts the ban on campaigns for the forthcoming elections.
He accused the Federal Government of ignoring the plights of university students in the country who have been out of school for over seven months due to the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities and expressed confidence that Peter Obi would emerge victorious in the 2023 presidential election.
He said, “These 27,000 decampees from the APC, PDP and APGA have come to declare support for our presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi and other candidates of Labour party in Nasarawa state because the political parties in authority have failed us in all aspects of the economy.
“Universities have been closed for over seven months now and there is no commitment from the Federal Government to address the issue. There is insecurity and unemployment everywhere in the country, that is why we need to elect competent leaders into office in the coming elections.
“As soon as INEC lifts the ban on campaigns, we are going to begin a door-to-door campaign for our candidates across the state because we are targeting 2 million votes for Peter Obi in Nasarawa state and we will work hard towards ensuring victory for all our candidates.”
Earlier in his speech, the LP National Vice-Chairman, North Central, Shirsha Adi, while welcoming the defectors, urged them to be good ambassadors of the party and work assiduously towards the party’s victory in 2023.
One of the defectors, Manasseh Bako, who spoke on behalf of the others, thanked the Labour party for accepting them into the party and pledged their complete loyalty to its leaders and existing members across the state.