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Wike, Top Northern Politicians Set to Form New Bloc In Labour Party

PoliticsWike, Top Northern Politicians Set to Form New Bloc In Labour Party

Party’s sources confirm fresh defection into party

As party moves to harvest strength from the North

If claims by sources in Labour Party that Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and some top Northern Politicians are plotting to join Peter Obi in Labour Party to begin to prepare ground for themselves ahead 2027 presidential election, is anything to go by, the leadership crisis rocking the party will again take a new dimension.

Nous Central gathered that apart from an ongoing negotiations between some national officers of the party loyal to the Barr. Julius Abure’s led- NWC and the Apapa led faction of the party to build a new bloc within the party ahead of 2027, politicians of note have also indicated interest to join the party, especially from North Central.

The move, according to sources in Labour Party, is to begin to build on the current structure of the party across regions, form a formidable leadership structure and financiers who will of course sustain what was achieved during the last general elections.

A senior member of the party National Working Committee who spoke in confidence with our correspondence, confirmed the rumour of a mass migration to Labour Party by yet to be identified politicians.

He said although he was not permitted to go public with the identities of members of the two major political parties (APC and PDP) who have indicated interest to join what he described as one of the greatest movement Nigeria will ever witnessed, something more stronger than the OBIdient movement was in the offing.

But a source from the Lamidi Apapa faction told Nous Central that Wike may join the party as talks were ongoing with some groups within the two factions of Labour Party.

Rumour is rift that Governor Wike, who helped the APC won Rivers State during the February 25 presidential election and who is currently hobnobbing with the president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, lobbying for ministerial slot, may join Tinubu in APC after the May 29 inauguration.

Governor Wike and his G5 or Integrity Group which was made up of Wike and four other PDP governors (Benue, Oyo, Abia, and Enugu) have had months long battle with the Atiku Abubakar, the People’s Democratic Party’s flag bearer for the February 25 presidential election and leadership of the his party and there are no clear signs that he was ready to sustain his membership with the PDP.

With the rumour of a move to join Peter Obi in Labour Party, Wike who has described Obi as the hero of the February 25 presidential election, might be forced to come out open to take a position about his future if his adventure with the APC fails to yield any res

“There is ongoing talks to build a new bloc in the party. It is going to be a big movement. Wike is top on the list that will help build a stronger consensus across regions”.

“I was called to sheath the sword and join the movement but for now, I can’t tell what will come out of it”, a source in the party said.

The source who confirmed that plans were underway to welcome influential politicians into the party, specifically big names from the north where the party desires to build bridges.

“You are quite right. The Labour Party as you know, is a movement and a movement for the future of this country. A lot of people have come to buy idea of the movement and they have also signified interest, I mean major interest that would see them become contributing stakeholders of the party and leaders of the movement.

“Let me be honest with you, the movement would be the greatest movement ever seen and will lay to rest these two political parties, the PDP and APC that have destroyed the country economy and even the future of the nation.

The source who pointed that the movement would set out to determine the future of the country and the new Nigeria the people have long longed for, added that the Labour Party would come with another surprise bigger than what was witnessed at the general elections.

He said: “I am sure those who said nothing would come out of Labour Party when this movement started less than a year ago, have all come to realize that a new Nigeria is possible.

Ask if he could identify these big names, he said: “Yes I have names but will need their permission to make their intentions and the direction about the future of their political career public.

“They have told us in confidence and most of the big names are coming from the north. We found out that we struggle so much in the North but the politics they played in the North have thought them that we only need a few strong men from that part of the country to galvanise the movement and take over the space.

“In the South It’s already settled. A lot of people are coming. Take for instance in the last Imo governorship primary, we had 17 persons who contested the ticket of the party. That is unprecedented. No other party got that number; not even APC or the PDP. In the PDP, they had three and one step down, while APC had just one”, he said.

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