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17 March 2019
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) appreciates the support, donations and contributions by different groups and individuals to the election campaigns we ran in Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Cross River, Osun States and Federal Capital Territory Abuja (FCT). We want to specially thank trade unions, trade union activists, socialist organisations, socialist activists, pro-labour organisations, community organisations and activists, friends and collaborators for their support.
SPN ran successful campaigns in 11 House of Assembly seats in 5 states, 1 Governorship (Oyo), two local government chairmen and 6 councillorships in FCT Abuja. We did not win any of the seats contested but we won about 200 members into the party and many other supporters and sympathisers, which was one of the primary aims for our intervention in the 2019 elections. SPN also created awareness of its existence and took radical socialist policies to the masses.
SPN will continue to stand with the working masses in their day to day struggles in opposition to all capitalist attacks from the bourgeois political parties in power at all levels. The attacks in the aftermath of the elections will manifest in the form of neglect of basic infrastructure, rise in cost of living, loss of jobs, unpaid salary regime etc., and SPN will continue to join in the mobilization for resistance and fight for improvement. Most fundamentally, the SPN will continue to offer the working masses the alternative to the vicious, iniquitous capitalist system.
We call on workers, youths and the masses as well as trade union, socialist and community activists to join the SPN in order to build it as a mass party that is formidable to challenge the anti-poor capitalist parties for political power at all levels.
At the same, the SPN calls on the trade union movement to end its collaboration with the bourgeois state, start to seriously struggle for a higher minimum wage and other demands while joining in the process of building a mass working people's alternative. The lack of mass working class alternative paves the way for the dominance of the two major capitalist political parties with their anti-poor policies. This mass working class political party will be expected not only spearhead the resistance against all capitalist policies but also put forward pro-working masses alternative programme as it struggles for political power. We also call for the convocation of conference of trade unions, socialist and left parties, socialist and left organisations and pro-labour organisations to discuss and plan the formation of such mass working people's party.