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Obasanjo's Coalition For Nigeria Begins Talks With Labour Party

An inside source has disclosed that a delegation of the coalition members had opened talks with the Labour Party (LP), with the intention of adopting the opposition party as platform for next year’s election.

The source added: “We can say that preliminary talks have opened between the coalition movement and a section of the Labour Party (LP) leadership. The LP is being considered because it is popular and firmly established, and it is considered as a masses-oriented party, its meagre electoral successes notwithstanding. There will be more elaborate meetings in the weeks ahead.”

The source said the LP was being considered in view of the “urgency of the situation” and the need to prepare well for 2019 polls without necessarily going through the hurdles of party registration.

"The coalition has two foes now; the APC and the PDP. Therefore, it is better to launch the attack on the platform of an already existing party.”

The source however, said the talks with the Labour Party may split the polarised Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), which seems to have divergent views on the 2019 agenda.

He added: “There is a section of the Labour Party that is very cautious. They see the moves by the coalition as an attempt to hijack the party from them. But, the contact continues.”