Again, Labour Party moves National convention venue

The Labour Party (LP) has changed the venue of its national convention to Nnewi, Anambra State.

This was contained in a letter addressed to the Chairman.of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the National Chairman of the Labour Party, Julius Abure and National Secretary Labour Party, Umar Ibrahim.

This is the second time the party would be changing the venue of the convention slated for March 27.

The party had earlier scheduled the national convention for March 29 in Benin City, the Edo State capital but shifted the date and venue to March 27 in Umuahia, Abia State capital.

The notice to INEC reads: “We write to kindly refer you to our letter on the above subject matter in which our National Convention rescheduled for 27th of March 2024 at the International Conference Center Umuahia, Abia State..

“We are however constrained to change the venue as a result of non availability of the proposed venue on the scheduled date.

“We hereby inform you of the new venue for the convention as follows;


Date: 27th of March 2024,

Time: 10 am prompt.

“We kindly request you to be present and monitor the Convention.

“Kindly accept the assurances of our esteem high regards as always.”

The Deputy National Chairman of the party, Ayo Olorunfemi, who confirmed the letter, said the change in venue was one of the issues discussed at the recent National Executive Committee meeting in Asaba, Delta State where the party ratified the programme for the convention.

He said the NEC and state chairmen of the party endorsed the programme for the convention.

Olorunfemi said with that, the party was going ahead with the convention despite oppositions from the Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC); the House of Representatives caucus of the party and some supporters of the former Presidential candidate of the party, Peter Obi.

He said: “We have changed the venue because of security reasons. We need a place that is accessible and secure. Nnewi is a stone thrown from Onitsha and it is secure. We don’t want people who will be travelling from all over the country to pass through those dangerous zones.

“We have decided on this convention and we are going ahead with it. All the state chairmen and secretaries have taken a position.”