Abure: Your militants broke into our headquarters – Labour Party to NLC

 The leadership of the Labour Party, LP, has accused the
Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, of unlawfully breaking and entering its national
headquarters in Abuja.


LP alleged that the “militant arm of the Nigeria Labour Congress,
NLC “broke into its national headquarters while carrying out a colossal
destruction of properties.


In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary,
Obiora Ifo, the party described NLC’s action as a criminal act, a misplacement
of priority and an action done in bad fate.


The party also noted that the President of the NLC, “Joe
Ajaero’s greed and inordinate ambition have pushed him into losing every sense
of discretion and decency in his recent conduct, be it in his affairs with the
workers or even the government.”


Ifoh wondered 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


The statement reads: “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 which 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 responsibility 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 the leadership of Ayuba Waba, Olaleye Quadri
and Festus Osifo who had or are 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 labelling him a thief. We are certainly going to take legal action on
matters of libel.”


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