Update: Abure calls NLC’s call for his resignation as political rascality


The National Chairman of the Labour Party, LP, Julius Abure, has condemned the action of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Wednesday, picketing the headquarters of the party in Abuja.


Abure also dismissed the call by NLC for his resignation as National Chairman as political rascality.

He said the NLC’s action was also politically motivated, especially coming days ahead the party’s March 27, 2024 National Convention slated to hold in Umuahia, Abia State.

Abure said the NLC should focus on its core mandate to see improvement in the welfare of Nigerian workers.

Indeed, the NLC is asking Julius Abure to resign as the National Chairman of the party on the ground that he was not properly elected as the national chairman of the Labour Party.

The NLC, led by the acting Chairman of the Political Commission of the Congress, Theophilus Ndubuaku, claimed that the planned convention of the party under the leadership of Abure is an illegal one.

The NLC alleged that the scheduled March 27 National Convention, to hold at Umuahia, Abia State, is aimed at re-electing Abure as the sole administrator of the Labour Party, with concerns of secrecy surrounding the event.

In consequence, the NLC said a caretaker transition committee should be set up to organise a legitimate and all-inclusive national convention for the party.

Although no official of the party is at the headquarters, the labour leaders have occupied the premises of the party as officers and men of the Nigeria police force keep an eye on the secretariat to avoid vandalization.

The union members who have remained at the Labour Party headquarters, are chanting songs against Abure, accusing party chairman of embezzling funds.

The Labour Party leadership, has however, in an earlier statement strongly opposed the directive, alleging that it was driven by Ajaero’s supposed desire to become the next national chairman of the party.

It also denied any financial impropriety, insisting that the party is open to forensic audit of its accounts.

“We are even calling on the NLC to send its own external auditors to check our financial books. We are also calling on Peter Obi to expedite action on the auditing of our accounts.

“And for the NLC to be using this as a cheap blackmail is to show their high level of desperation and mischief,” LP said.

The Labour Party advised the NLC and its commission to focus only on its statutory responsibilities of defending the workers and the workers’ right.

“Today minimum wage is N30.000 while a bag of rice is N80.000. We hear about NLC talk about ethos and ethics of the Labour movement and the Labour Party, this is also an NLC that cannot call or sustain a strike for one or two days without calling it off.

“This is an NLC which cannot think of calling a protest and sustaining it in order to get the attention of the government for the interest of the workers.”

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