The Labour Party in Ogun State on Friday tacitly confirmed the proposed alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party ahead of the 2015 general election.
The Chairman of the party in Ogun State, Comrade Niyi Osoba, in a statement, said having a working relationship with the PDP would not be out of place as the Labour Party leader in Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, was one of those who built the PDP in the state.
Osoba said that Daniel had, as the main builder of the PDP in Ogun State, toured all the 236 wards in the state between 2002 and 2003 with his aggressive grassroots campaign, which resulted in his emerging as the governor of the state.
Daniel served for two terms of eight years between 2003 and 2011 on the platform of the PDP.
The Governor-elect of Ekiti State and defacto leader of the PDP in the South West, Ayo Fayose, had on Thursday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, said that his party was working towards an alliance with the Labour Party to unseat the All Progressives Congress government in the state.
Fayose said the PDP had opened talks with Daniel and other leaders of the Labour Party on the issue.
Osoba confirmed that much in his statement on Friday.
The statement reads reads in full: It is common knowledge that the Leader of our Party, the Labour Party in Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel was also the main builder of the PDP in Ogun State with the cooperation of other Leaders. It is on record that the PDP carried out aggressive grassroots campaign in all the 236 wards in Ogun state in 2002/3 and was elevated to an election winning machinery. The Party won all elections in 2003 and 2007 until the intra Party crisis of 2009 which consequently weakened the election winning machinery. The rest, as they say, is now history. It is also a matter of fact that nearly 90% of the current PDP and the current Labour Party machinery were part and parcel of that formidable structure; the common denominator being OGD.
Regrettably, the people of Ogun State got hoodwinked by the lies and manipulations of the then ACN and voted the current APC Administration into office. Having realised their mistake, the people have kept appealing to all Stakeholders of our old structure to come together again to flush out the current government in Ogun State.
It is against this framework that we view the current visit of the Governor Elect of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose to our Leader asking both the Labour Party and PDP to join forces to change the ‘Change’ in Ogun State. It is also in line with the express mandate the LP gave to our Leader to discuss with ALL across party lines. More of such meetings will still happen in the weeks to come.
The Labour Party Ogun State wishes to reiterate our mutual believe in the “AMOSUN MUST GO” (AMG) project and therefore wish to open its door to discussion with any Party that shares this philosophy and the ideology of making life better for the good people of the State particularly the workers and the oppressed masses who have suffered terribly in the hands of the draconian APC led government in Ogun State headed by Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
It must however be noted that, today in Ogun State, the Labour Party has become the strongest political force and the last hope of the masses. We assure our teeming supporters to be resolute in their support for LP and jettison any statement or speculation. While our members statewide and in diaspora should remain resolute and stand firmly.