LP kicks as NLC pickets party Headquarters, insists Abure must go - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Wednesday, March 20, 2024

LP kicks as NLC pickets party Headquarters, insists Abure must go

forceful entry into our HQ, illegal, criminal- Labour Party 

…we’ll continue to resist illegality - NLC

The Comrade Julious Abure-led National Working Committee of the Labour Party has decried what it described as the unlawful break and entry   into its national headquarters by “the militant arm of the Nigeria Labour Congress.” 

According to the party, the NLC raid led to the collosal destruction of party property describing the act as a criminal misplacement of priority and an action done in bad fate.

National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, Obiora Ifoh, while reacting to the picketing of the party headquarters by the Joe Ajaero-led NLC, on Wednesday, said the party was appalled by the desperation exhibited by the NLC President. 

Ifoh said, “The party notes that the President of the NLC, Comrade Joe Ajaero's greed and inordinate ambition have pushed him into losing every sense of discretion and decency in his recent conducts, be it in his affairs with the workers or even the government.

“As a party, we wonder how Ajaero would lead a band of lawless persons who are known to have partisan interests in other major political parties such as the PDP and APC against a recognized independent political party.

“Ajaero's continuous claim that NLC owns the Labour Party is not in any way supported by either the Electoral Act or the Constitution.

“ For his information, a political party is owned by those who are card-carrying or financial members of the party. 

“We are aware that more than 90 percent of the members of the NLC have not met this condition and therefore cannot claim to be the owners of the party. 

“The constitution also provides that no organisation can own any other organisation. The NLC as an organisation can therefore not claim the ownership of the Labour Party. 

“Today, Nigeria is witnessing the worst economic strangulation ever in the history of Nigeria.

“ Issues such as poor workers' wages, high inflation and  insecurity with Nigeria turning to a  hobbesian state, yet after a year of his assumption of office, Ajaero has chosen to ignore all these national challenges.

“It would interest you to know that Ajaero's NLC is yet to successfully picket any Federal Government establishment. 

“His attempt to extend his rascality to Imo state was met with a higher and brutal force. Unfortunately for us in the Labour Party we do not command any force unlike the NLC that is now encouraging militancy within its ranks. 

“By its own constitution, the NLC cannot even call for a picketing of any establishment without a directive of its NEC but what we saw was a political committee acting out an illegal script by Ajaero. 

“The committee has no legal right to call an action in the nature of picketing or breaking and entering into a political party where most of them are not even members.   

The present NLC leadership is politicized. It has left its primary responsibilities of defending Nigerian workers and has delved deeply into partisan politics and this is a bad omen for the working community.

“ We have earlier advised Ajaero to emulate leadership of Ayuba Waba, Olaleye Quadri and Festus Osifo who had or currently passing through a similar route and still maintain a working relationship with the party. 

“We are however reviewing today's criminal actions and disruption of activities in our national headquarters  with our legal department for further actions.

“What we saw today appears to be a personal vendetta against the national chairman, Julius Abure who they called several unprintable names including labeling him a thief. We are certainly going to take legal action on matters of libel.”

Earlier, workers under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, picketed the headquarters of the Labour Party, LP, insisting that the party's national Chairman, Julius Abure should resign and go.

The NLC also said that it would insist that workers take over their party expected to act as a viable opposition to guard against the country plunging into dictatorship.

Speaking when workers occupied the Labour Party headquarters in Abuja, the Deputy President of the NLC Political Commission, Dr. Theophilus Ndubuaku, explained that the picketing was to expressed workers grievances towards Abure's administration in the party.

He said, "Nigeria is not the only country that has a Labour Party backed by organised labour. There  are so many others.

"Why would our own be different, the essence of registering a Labour Party in this country is not only to become a president or hold an office but to create a viable opposition and any country where there is no viable opposition, then there would be dictatorship.

"The reason we set up this party is to make us have good governance in this country."

While faulting the alleged unilateral convocation of national convention without consulting the relevant stakeholders, the NLC said, "There has been court judgements, declaring labour party as being owned by the NLC and there has been intervention by INEC telling Abure to appoint BOT members and organize all inclusive convention. 

"But what we now saw is a convention that we do not know who and who are going to be at that convention and the elected officers in the National Assembly thought that he insulted them. 

"You will not believe that a day before Abure issued the notice of the convention, he was with the NLC president and the political commission in the NLC office without telling them.

"All we we are saying is that we do not want Abure, he should resign and go. He can not be the sole administrator of Labour Party."

Also speaking, the acting General Secretary of NLC, Comrade Bello Ismail said that the commission had been engaging Abure, thinking that he was following due process, 

According to him, "We were also thinking that he was going to organise a convention in line with the understanding with Labour to have an all inclusive convention, but Abure knowing that he can never survive an all inclusive convention wanted to do a convention in the night.

“Those in the NLC Political Commission has done a lot of efforts to reach this state of taking over our party by our selves. We would insist that all democratic norms are fulfilled. We will insist that workers takes back their party.

"We want a convention where we are all the stakeholders and we are very active and all will participate.

"We do not want a convention where one man will hand pick the officers of the party. We want a convention where in the 37 states of the federation, all stakeholders including workers, youths, young people, informal workers can  have a say in the party.

"We are not money people, but we have a voice and we want a party where without money we can participate, and that is what Labour Party offers.

Now it is in the hands of this usurper, he is looking for N30 million, N40 million, and so on to buy forms excluding the people who founded the party.

Enough is enough Abure must go."

On his part, Chris Uyot, Secretary of the NLC Political Commission, said the national chairman of the party has decided to go and hold a convention without consulting, without discussion with the stakeholders of the party.

Comrade Uyot said, "He did not discuss with the NLC or with Labour or even with the House of Representatives who are stakeholders in the Labour Party, he did not discuss with anybody, he did not discuss with the oObidents, all the people that belong to this party or even have a stake in this party.

"So, he wants to go and have a convention where he will pick people as delegates, no it is not done. A convention starts from the local government areas, before it goes to the states and then the national.

"We are not going to have a dictator in our party, it is not going to be possible. Nigerian workers are democratic, and they support democracy.

"Nigerian workers own this party and would ensure they take hold of their party and will drive out the

No comments:

Post a Comment