Labour Party to supporters: You’re all our agent

Lawyer Julius Abure, the national chairman of the Labour Party, has urged party members everywhere to view themselves as party representatives in the voting booth on Saturday.

In spite of several attempts to intimidate and harass them, he expressed gratitude to party members and supporters for sticking up for the party.

This was said by Abure on Wednesday during a press conference in Abuja.

The collapse of other areas, such as security, education, and health care, among others, as well as the overwhelming challenges of an economy that is spiraling out of control, he claimed that ordinary Nigerians deserve praise for their tenacity.

Abure however said, “All the support that Nigerians have given to us either in cash or in kind will actually amount to nothing if they are not translated to votes.

“ I, therefore, want to urge all our supporters that on the 25th of this month which is Saturday, they should all come out en mass to cast their votes for the labour party.

“I am aware that some sponsored persons especially in the South East are being paid and sponsored by opposition political parties to continue to threaten citizens not to come out to vote, deployed to deliberately reduce our vote.

“We, therefore, want to plead with our supporters that they should come out in their numbers wherever they are, to come out and vote.

“It is a mere threat to stop them from or to instil fear in them, to prevent them from coming out to vote.

“Secondly, we have been assured by the security agencies that they are on top of the matter.  They have assured us that they will guarantee security for the people.

“I, therefore, want to call on all our supporters, that they must not be discouraged, they must all come out and vote for the party.

“All the support that we got, if they are not translated to votes, come Saturday, it would have amounted to effort in futility.

“I want to say clearly that all supporters of the Labour party and Peter Obi must realise that they are all agents of the party.

“The responsibility to defend our votes, the responsibility to act as agents should not be left in the hands of accredited party agents alone.

“If you are a supporter of Peter Obi, if you are a supporter of any of the candidates of the Labour party, if you are a supporter of the party, you must therefore be an agent for the party on that day of the election.

“I will therefore expect that you will not only go to the polling booth to cast your vote but have a responsibility to also defend your votes.

“We appeal to you to vote, be on stand-by, keep an eye on INEC officials, keep an eye on security agencies, keep an eye even on the accredited party agents so that you can provide checks and balances on whatever is being done.

“You have the responsibility to question any activity that you find will compromise the processes of this election.”

He further said, “I am therefore saying that all our supporters all polling unit agents. In order wards, you are one of our ambassadors, you are one of those who will help us to stand and defend our votes.”

Speaking further he said “We have never had this opportunity where the activities of a political party, the activities of an individual candidate is driven by the people.

“This is the very first time that the people will be having a say, this is the very first time that people will be having a voice.

“I want to urge you that we must not allow this opportunity to elude us. We must take our destiny in our hands realizing the fact that opportunity lost can never be recovered.

“Our own supporters must rise to the occasion and ensure that their dream of having a new Nigeria, a Nigeria that guarantees security, a Nigeria that has service delivery to its people, a Nigeria that will be free from poverty, from hunger, from unemployment.

“A Nigeria that will be free from the paradox of where you have crude oil yet you import petroleum products, pay subsidy and all the attendant cost.

“A Nigeria that truly will be in tandem with the mission and vision of the founding fathers on Nigeria.”

He expressed the LP’s confidence in INEC led by Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu. Abure said the party was confident that the election management body will do the right thing.

“I, therefore, want to use this opportunity to appeal to INEC that the standard they have laid, the integrity they have built over the year, they must crystalize it by their activities in this election.

“They must be patriotic and put the interest of the country first and beyond every other interest. They must avoid the temptation of allowing this election to be compromised.” Abure added.

He also applauded all the international observers that have interfaced with the party leadership as well as its candidate in the course of preparing for the election.

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