State Chairmen of the Labour Party in the North West Nigeria has condemned recent comments made by the President Nigeria Labour congress, Ayuba Waba, allegedly disparaging the return of former governor Olusegun Mimiko to the party.
The Chairmen at a press conference in Kaduna said, the comment was not only mischievous, diversionary, but an attempt to mislead Nigerians.
Kaduna State Labour Party Chairma, Umar Ibrahim who addressed newsmen on behalf of the other Chairmen, stressed that Waba’s comments and that of one Mrs. Ebere Ifendu were misguided.
“We believe that the meddling of NLC President was a misguided misstep sponsored to tarnish and undermine the leadership of our party under the leadership of Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam and his team. It is also to distract Nigerians from the presidential declaration of the immediate past governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
”Therefore, it has become unavoidably necessary to put the issue in their proper perspective. The statement was issued out of malice, prejudice, ignorance, selfishness, greed and motivated by political opponents who are afraid of the growing fortunes and prospects of the party as we inch closer to the 2019 general elections.’’
The Chairmen also expressed their solidarity with the LP National chairman, saying he has been guiding the party well.
“The Labour Party under the leadership of Alhaji Abdulsalam had sponsored candidates in the just concluded Ekiti and Osun Elections and the party will continue to participate in all the elections comes 2019.
“While we appreciate and acknowledge the solidarity of organized labour with our party, we state that the Nigeria Labour Congress is not the owners of Labour Party as argued by Wabba. Once a political party is registered it has a life of its own, and it can only be regulated by its Constitution as it is in section 80 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended).”
The Labour Party chairmen advised the NLC President to focus on addressing issues affecting workers instead of meddling into the activities of political parties.
“We categorically welcome and support the return of the immediate past Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko to our great party which we believe would add value and enhance the fortunes and image of Labour Party.’’
According him, the current leadership of Labour Party believes in the rule of law and the sanctity of the Constitution.
“We therefore call on Nigerians to support Labour Party and its candidates all over the country to bring the desired change and progress in managing the affairs of the nation.”