NLC Set to Address Labour Party Leadership Crisis, LP Voices Opposition

Stakeholders within the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) are scheduled to convene on Monday to deliberate on the ongoing leadership crisis within the Labour Party and the potential reinstatement of Julius Abure as national chairman.

Reports suggest that amidst these discussions, there’s a proposal to establish a caretaker committee to assume control of the opposition party.

An inside source revealed that invitations have been dispatched to relevant stakeholders and members of the NLC Political Commission for the meeting to be held in Abuja on Monday. This gathering carries significant weight as it may determine Abure’s fate, with plans underway to appoint a caretaker committee to manage the party’s affairs.

These developments follow a recent unsuccessful attempt by the party’s Board of Trustees to oust Abure and take over the leadership of the Labour Party. In response, a group of retired workers, represented by the Lagos Assembly of Labour Veterans and Trade Unionists, staged a protest, demanding Abure’s immediate resignation.

Furthermore, these retirees called for NLC President Joe Ajaero to step down, citing his failure to protect their interests and his handling of the party’s leadership struggle.

Efforts to obtain a response from NLC spokesman Benson Upah proved futile as he did not respond to calls, texts, or WhatsApp messages seeking clarification.

Shortly after news of the NLC invitation surfaced, the leadership of the Labour Party expressed strong opposition to the planned meeting, denouncing it as an illegal gathering orchestrated by what they described as ‘drama boys.’

In a statement released by National Publicity Secretary Obiora Ifoh, titled ‘Proposed NLC Stakeholders Meeting: A Jamboree by Drama Boys – Illegal and Null Outcome,’ the opposition party urged law enforcement agencies to intervene and prevent the gathering from escalating into public disorder.

The Labour Party asserted that the meeting lacked authorization and legal validity, making any decisions taken therein null and void. Additionally, they questioned the NLC’s priorities, highlighting its silence on the recent 300 percent increase in electricity tariffs by the Federal Government while hastily convening an unauthorized meeting.

The Labour Party concluded by urging genuine members to disregard the gathering, emphasizing that the NLC does not possess proprietary rights over the Labour Party and therefore cannot claim ownership.


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