The Labour Party (LP) caucus in the House of Representatives, led by Deputy Minority Whip Hon. Victor Ozodinobi, has pledged unwavering loyalty to the party and dedication to fulfilling their legislative responsibilities to Nigerians. This assurance was made during a courtesy visit to the Labour Party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
Ozodinobi, speaking on behalf of the caucus, expressed gratitude to the party’s presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, and the NWC for their transformative leadership, which he described as having significantly impacted the political landscape in a short period. He credited the party’s recent successes, including their election victories, to Obi’s influence and the NWC’s efforts.
The visit, which was postponed due to pending court cases challenging their elections, marked the beginning of more regular interactions between the caucus and the party leadership. Ozodinobi reassured that the caucus members are committed to the Labour Party’s principles and would not consider leaving the party.
He reflected on his tenure as the sole elected member of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and his steadfastness in remaining with the party until the end of his term. This experience, he suggested, is indicative of his and the caucus’s dedication to their current roles within the Labour Party.
Caucus leader Hon. Afam Ogene outlined plans to engage actively as an opposition party starting in January. Emphasizing the importance of constructive opposition, Ogene stated that the caucus would present alternative viewpoints and engage in meaningful debates rather than disruptive tactics. He also mentioned the Labour Party’s plan to evaluate its performance in recent elections and adapt its strategies accordingly.
The caucus’s current standing in the House, after the resolution of election petitions, is at 34 seats, having lost three but gained two in the process.
Julius Abure, the National Chairman of the Labour Party, commended the caucus members on their tribunal victories and emphasized their role as representatives of the people. He urged them to uphold their responsibilities and to voice the concerns of those affected by violence and injustice. Abure highlighted the need for strong opposition in a democratic system and called for comprehensive electoral reforms in light of recent tribunal findings.
He stressed the importance of continuous engagement between the party and its representatives in addressing challenges and maintaining a unified stance.