By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
The National Working Committee of Labour Party has adopted President Goodluck Jonathan as its presidential candidate in this month’s election.
This was the outcome of the party’s NEC meeting on Wednesday, held at Premier Hotel, Ibadan. In a communique read by its National Chairman, Alhaji Abdulkadri Salam, after a closed door meeting, the party said after a critical analysis of the two main candidates in the election, President Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), it came to the conclusion that in a country of about 65% youths, a 72-year-old-man would find it difficult to cope with the stress of day-to-day activities of a nation like Nigeria.
Similarly, the party also alleged that the health of Gen. Buhari was kept secret by the APC, thereby not making it difficult to ascertain his health status.
“The educational qualification of Muhammadu Buhari is in doubt and such a person is not the best for the country at this crucial stage.
“We hereby in conclusion support Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for election to the office of the President,” the party declared.
However, the party reiterated that it would fight corruption, create jobs, reduce unemployment, provide power and create enabling environment for the growth of small and medium scale enterprises and strategically position the Nigerian economy and provide security of lives and property at the state levels in the country.
“The people will be the major beneficiaries of Labour Party-controlled government at whatever level of government; it is for this reason that our logo is a wheel of a father, mother and a child,” the party stated.
The party then called on the people of Oyo, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Delta, Kaduna, Gombe, Ogun, Cross-River States to overwhelmingly vote for their respective governorship candidates and vote for their House of Reps, Senate and state Houses of Assembly candidates across the federation.
The party said that it has the manifesto to better serve the country’s socio-economic challenges and reposition the country for effective and optimal performance based on its grassroots disposition.
The party’s NEC meeting was attended by stalwarts from various parts of the country including its governorship candidate in Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala.