A chieftain of the Labour Party (LP), Pat Utomi, has disclosed that the manifesto of the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, will be released next week.
In an interview with Vanguard on Wednesday, Utomi said the document will be available to the public before the campaigns start, adding that the party decided to keep it a secret.
He said Nigerians would have access to the manifesto and see how the former Governor of Anambra will take the country from a consumption to a production nation.
“There is a manifesto ready and it will be released before the campaign starts. We have it but we decided to keep it secret until campaigns start,” he said.
Utomi also dismissed the claims by opposition parties that the party and its flagbearer do not have a strong structure ahead of the 2023 presidential poll.
The economist said that the LP has a bigger and better structure than the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) put together.
Utomi said the party is building a superstructure with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), several social movements, and several political parties.
He said: “Those who understand what structure means know that 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 labour party as part of it. Several of these political movements like the Congress of Professionals, which is a great Nigerian project consists of 6 million members in every part of Nigeria.
‘’From these groups, we have about seven super structures far bigger than ether APC and PDP. We also have faith-based structures, and 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.’’