NLC lack powers to sack the legitimate leadership of our Party — Labour Party.

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The recent Picketing Of Labour Party National Secretariat by the Nigerian Labour Congress Political Commission Over what they termed the rescue of the Labour Party has been adjudged to be an Illegality by the Joe Ajaero led NLC.

Recall that the NLC released a communique from a purported stockholders meeting which was held in Abuja, where the Labour Congress claimed to have sacked the Abure led leadership of the Labour Party, which has been widely condemned and also attributed as an Illegality on the grounds that the NLC is not recognised by the Labour Party constitution and therefore lack such powers which  it can not arrogate to itself of such powers.

The actions of the NLC has also been resisted by the Women and Youths of the Labour party as they recently protested against the NLC Continuous Harassment Of the Party Leadership led by Julius Abure whom they also have the conviction that  the NWC led by Abure brought the party into becoming a national brand, which recently had a very successful national convention in Nnewi, Anambra State where party officials were elected.

In response to the communique released by the NLC which sacked Abure-led NWC and also nullifying the recently held convention of the party. The Labour Party released a Press statement Tuesday 9th April, which was signed by Obiora Ifoh, the
National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party.

The statement reads:

PRESS STATEMENT FROM THE LABOUR PARTY

“The leadership of the Labour Party has read with dismay the attempt by the Nigeria Labour Congress, a body not recognized by the Constitution of our great party or any of our known laws for that matter, to arrogate to itself powers it does not posses.

It claimed to have sacked the Comrade Julius Abure- led National Working Committee of the Labour Party, after holding an illegal assembly of a handful of aggrieved former members of the party and some social media tigers who are not known to be card carrying members of our party.

Ordinarily, we would have ignored the illegal act but for the need to set the records straight and to prevent genuine democracy loving Nigerians and supporters of our great party from being mislead, we offer a few clarifications.

The Political Commission of the NLC is a front for Comrade Joe Ajaero which he has empowered for the purpose of his political ambition come 2027. The group is unknown to the Labour Party as such lacks powers to convene a meeting of “stakeholders” to deliberate let alone take any decision which will have a binding effect on a legally constituted party leadership.

The group has been mandated by Ajaero to ensure that crisis in Labour Party festers ahead of the 2027 by presenting itself as a rallying ground for dissident former members of our party who recently lost the leadership battle in the courts. We are also not unmindful of the political pact the leadership of the NLC has gone into with the current All Progressives Congress – led Federal Government to destabilise the opposition.

This explains why in quick succession all their plots to hijack the party leadership has failed. First it was by illegal picketing of the party when that failed, it attempted to introduce and inaugurate a non existing Board of Trustees, that also failed. Again, the attempted plot to take over the party using stakeholders meeting comprising formers members, social media tigers and non members will again fail like a pack of card.

If only the drama boys who gathered on Monday as stakeholders could open the Labour Party constitution which guides the conducts of the party, probably they would have not wasted their time being part of the scantly attended jamboree. Since you cannot build something on nothing, the gathering itself lacks legitimacy and as such decisions reached remain an enterprise in futility. They are null, void and of no effect.

It is on record that the Labour Party recently had a very successful national convention in Nnewi, Anambra State where party officials were elected and given the sacred mandate to build on the successes recorded by our party in the 2023 general elections.

There is no disputing the fact that the Abure-led NWC led the party into becoming a national brand. With the support of members and Nigerians across the length and breath of this great nation, the party now boasts a number of Senators, members of the Federal House of Representatives as well as State Assemblies. Need we talk about the pace setting Governor of Abia State, Alex Otti?

It is pertinent to add that Nigerians are suffering under the harsh economic conditions of the current government. Workers and the down trodden are at the receiving end. As we speak today there are unfair workers practices perpetuated by employers and the Nigerian Labour Congress has failed to take proactive roles in order to fight for the right of workers. We want to remind Comrade Joe Ajaero that he has a lot of work to do for the Nigerian workers which he is abdicating to face politics. This is why we had previously adviced him that if he wants to join politics let him first resign as the President of the NLC and let us know that he has turned to a politician.

We have a collective responsibility to rebuild our party and as a leader that he is, Comrade Abure has offered his hands of fellowship to all genuine party members to come on board to partner with him and give Nigerians a truly democratic platform to pursue their dreams of a better Nigeria which we all know is still possible.

As a law abiding party, we will seek the protection of the court of law should the need arise. We, however, appeal to our teeming supporters to remain calm because in the end, justice will prevail”.

SIGN

Obiora Ifoh
National Publicity Secretary
Labour Party

09-04-2024