Nigeria’s third-largest party, Labour Party (LP), will hold a national convention in Abuja on Saturday, October 4. New officers of the party will be elected at the convention. Its current executive led by Chief Dan Nwanyanwu (national chairman) has been in office since 2004 when the party was formed.
LP has not fielded a presidential candidate so far. In 2007 and 2011, it supported the ruling PDP’s candidate.
A highpoint of the convention will be the return of the Nigeria Labour Congress to the party. But the party will mourn the departure of the governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, to the ruling PDP. He recently denied that he had joined the PDP, but on Thursday he came clean and was welcomed by Vice President Namadi Sambo and others in Aso Rock.
LP is not likely to field a presidential candidate in 2015; it will support PDP’s Goodluck Jonathan.