ONE FLAG, FIVE BEARERS

Nigeria: Are Labour Party’s controversial primaries the beginning of its unravelling?

By Ben Ezeamalu

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Posted on April 21, 2023 05:36

 © A supporter of candidate of Labour Party Peter Obi holds a party flag in Lagos on February 18, 2023. (Photo by Patrick Meinhardt / AFP)
A supporter of candidate of Labour Party Peter Obi holds a party flag in Lagos on February 18, 2023. (Photo by Patrick Meinhardt / AFP)

A tussle for the leadership of Nigeria’s Labour Party has split the party into several units barely one month after a contentious presidential election in which it finished third.

Between 13 April and 18 April, at least five groups within the Labour Party conducted separate governorship primaries leading to the emergence of five flag bearers.

The failure of key party figures to rein in their lieutenants became apparent after governorship primaries in the south-eastern state of Imo produced multiple flag bearers.

At least five parallel primary elections were held in the state, producing five different flag bearers for LP for the 11 November governorship election. Ebubeagu Ekenulo – an activist and co-founder of Save Imo, a political activism and good governance group – says if not resolved amicably and immediately, this could set the party on a downward trajectory.

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