Labour Party (Nigeria)

The Labour Party (LP) is a social democratic political party in Nigeria. The party was created in 2002 and was previously known as the Party for Social Democracy (PSD) before changing to its current name the following year. Built on the ideology of social democracy, the party aims to promote and defend social democratic principles and ideals for the purpose of achieving social justice, progress and unity.[1]

Labour Party
ChairmanJulius Abure
General SecretaryAlh. Umar Farouk Ibrahim
Founded2002 (2002) (as the Party for Social Democracy)
HeadquartersNo. 29 Okeagbe Street, Garki II, Abuja
IdeologySocial democracy
ColorsRed and green
Slogan"Forward Ever"
Seats in the House
2 / 360
Seats in the Senate
1 / 109
0 / 36
Seats in State Houses of Assembly
0 / 991

On 27 May 2022, the party's membership and support increased drastically as the former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, joined the party shortly after he quit the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in a bid to run for the 2023 Nigerian presidential election.[2]


The party was formed in 2002 as the Party for Social Democracy. Its name was officially changed to the Labour Party after the 2003 general election.[3]


After the late National Chairman, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, died in 2020,[4] the party went through a serious leadership crisis. Barrister Julius Abure, who was the National Secretary of the Labour Party, was elected as the new National Chairman by the Labour Party National Executive Council (NEC) in 2021.[5] The former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Calistus Okafor, challenged Barrister Julius Abure after he claimed to be the authentic National Chairman of the party by virtue of his position.[6]


Peter Obi and Pat Utomi at the 2022 Labour Party Presidential primaries in Asaba

Former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, joined the party after leaving the People's Democratic Party due to issues he had at the party that were at variance with his persona and principles. He emerged as the 2023 presidential candidate of the party after Pat Utomi, Faduri Joseph and Olubusola Emmanuel-Tella stepped down from the contest, making him the only aspirant in the presidential primaries.[7]

Party symbolsEdit


The logo of the party is a wheel with a man and woman with a child engraved in the centre.

The wheel stands for industry and work as basis for economic empowerment of the populace and the prosperity of the nation, i.e. continuous economic growth and development. The linkage, between the wheel and man, woman and child connotes that governance, economic and social development must lead to the advancement of human beings.

Party flagEdit

The flag of the party is red and green, both equal in size, placed vertically, with Red representing transformation and Green representing agriculture. The logo of the Party is at the centre of the flag.[8]

Electoral historyEdit

Presidential electionsEdit

Year Party candidate Running mate Votes % Result
2019 Alh. Muhammed Usman Zaki Chief Ezekiel Akpan 5,074 0.019% Lost  N

Gubernatorial electionsEdit

Year Party candidate Votes Result
2007 Olusegun Mimiko 226,051 Won  Y

House of Representatives and Senate electionsEdit

Election House of Representatives Senate
Seats +/– Seats +/–
0 / 360
0 / 109


  1. ^ Komolafe, Kayode (1 June 2022). "Labour Party in New Colour?". THISDAYLIVE. Retrieved 3 June 2022.
  2. ^ "Peter Obi joins Labour Party | Premium Times Nigeria". 27 May 2022. Retrieved 3 June 2022.
  3. ^ Lagos, Oke Ogunde in. "Nigerian Labour Party: What manner of Workers' Party?". In Defence of Marxism. Retrieved 3 June 2022.
  4. ^ "Just in: Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, Labour Party National Chairman is dead". Vanguard News. 29 December 2020. Retrieved 3 June 2022.
  5. ^ "Labour Party Gets New National Chairman". The Whistler Newspaper. 29 March 2021. Retrieved 3 June 2022.
  6. ^ "Labour Party Crisis Worsens as Court Okays Factional Leader's Fresh Suit".
  7. ^ "UPDATED: Peter Obi emerges Labour Party presidential candidate". 30 May 2022. Retrieved 3 June 2022.
  8. ^ "LP Constitution" (PDF). Labor Party.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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