•says LP has bigger structure than PDP, APC put together
By Ononye VC/Vanguard
Labour Party chieftain Prof. Pat Utomi said yesterday that Peter Obi’s manifesto for the 2023 elections is ready and will be released before campaign starts next week.
Utomi, who disclosed this in an exclusive interview with Vanguard in Abuja, said: ‘’There is a manifesto ready and it will be released before campaign starts. We have it but we decided to keep it secret until campaigns start.’’
Utomi, who while responding to a question on the belief by opposition parties that the Labour Party has no structure, said those who held such a view are ignorant.
He posited that the LP actually has a superstructure far bigger than that of the APC and the PDP put together.
“Those who understand what structure means know that [the] LP has ‘better structure’ than PDP and APC in Nigerian terminology. NLC has 10m registered members; we are going to energise all of them into a structure so that it becomes a superstructure.
‘‘We have a big tent which constitutes several social movements, several political parties with [the] Labour Party as part of it. Several of these political movements like [the] Congress of Professionals, which is a great Nigerian project, consist of 6 million members in every part of Nigeria.
“From these groups, we have about seven superstructures far bigger than either APC and [sic] PDP. We also have faith-based structures, religious movements; we have structures everywhere. With the political party and several political movements, we have a structure.
‘’We have a secretariat directorate reaching out to all support groups. There are special apps and portals from which specific assignments go out, their performance measured… get feedback. It is designed to harmonise them into productive,” Utomi said.
On how the party intends to mobilise its support groups, he said: ‘’We will create an enabling environment. By next week we are going to set up a committee on both fund raising and campaign processes. Mobile-based apps, portals from which performance will be measured and we get feedback from the polling booths…
‘’There is a body in US that will train a lot of support groups; we will create a group, a special group, that is going to create people on fund raising and campaign process from us.