The Labour party’s national chairman Barrister Julius Abure has backpedaled on his earlier declaration that the party was broke.
He said, “I like to reiterate that Labour Party is not broke. We are not broke. We only need support from stakeholders to be able to embark on the nationwide campaign, to tell Nigerians how we will return Nigeria to its place of pride.”
Abure had decried the high cost of presidential election in Nigeria lamenting over the lack of funding to drive the party’s presidential campaign for the 2023 general elections.
He had also pleaded with members of the party and well-meaning Nigerians to assist the party as it is experiencing serious shortage of the funding required to prosecute the elections.
However, in a statement issued on Saturday in Abuja he said he spoke extensively on the importance of campaign funding and the need for collaboration with stakeholders, particularly the candidates of the party at various levels.
“I also emphasised that our presidential candidate alone cannot fund the election as he is known to be someone who did not engage in the gluttonic acquisition of our common patrimony in his days as a public servant.
“However, the news making the round that I said that Labour Party is broke 24 hours to our campaign was reported out of context, hence the need to put the records straight.
“What I said is that presidential election is very expensive and the presidential candidate alone will not be able to shoulder all the expenses and that we will therefore be needing collaboration from all candidates of the party and all well meaning Nigerians.
In another breath, he lauded the media who he said have been very wonderful and have been playing key role in the efforts by Nigerians to win back the country again.
“It is therefore commendable how they have partnered with the Labour Party on this task of voting out the fraudulent political circle that have undermined the people and mortgaged their destiny. We sincerely salute your courage.