Organised labour under the auspices of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has thrown its weight behind the emergence of former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, as the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in next year’s general election.

Against the background of the emergence of a splinter group laying claim to both the leadership of the party and its presidential ticket, NLC said that both NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC) recognize the leadership of the Labour Party led by Julius Abure, a former trade union leader.

In a statement signed by NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, the Congress said that Labour Party “is creation and offspring of the Nigeria Labour Congress”, adding that workers are part of the leadership of the party.

Wabba said that NLC and TUC recognise only one presidential primary, which was held in Asaba, Delta State on May 30, 2022 and produced Obi as its presidential candidate.

In the statement NLC said: “It has been brought to our attention that a so-called faction of the Labour Party recently conducted what we can describe as a ‘beer parlour’ presidential primary and supposedly elected a presidential candidate. Nothing can be more spurious, hilarious and ridiculous.

“There is only one Labour Party in Nigeria. For the purpose of public education and clarity, we will take a recourse to history. The Labour Party is the creation and offspring of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).”

NLC said the decision to give birth to the Labour Party was taken by its statutory organs and affirmed by the decision of the National Executive Council of Congress at its meeting in Bauchi in 2003 when it approved the formation of the Party for Social Democracy (PSD).

While tracing the origin of Labour Party, Wabba said that it was at the inaugural convention of PSD in 2004 that NLC decided to change the name of PSD to the Labour Party.

“The point is that the Labour Party is what the NLC and TUC say it is. The leadership of the NLC and TUC recognize the leadership of the Labour Party led by Julius Abure, a former trade union leader and workers are part of the leadership. “The NLC and TUC are aware of only one presidential primary which was held in Asaba, Delta State on 30th May 2022 and produced Peter Obi as its presidential candidate and standard bearer,” he said. 

In the statement, NLC said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) monitored the presidential primary that produced Peter Obi. 

It also said INEC recognises only the Labour Party leadership led by the Chairman, Julius Abure, and the National Secretary, Alhaji Farouk Umaru Ibrahim. 

“They are the only Labour Party officials whose details are provided on INEC website.

“The leadership of the NLC and TUC gave our full support to the processes that produced  Peter Obi as the presidential candidate of the Labour Party. Nigerians especially workers, youths and women attended the presidential primary of the Labour Party in their thousands and were thoroughly satisfied with the outcome of the same,” said Wabba.

It urged workers, youths, women, traders, farmers, professionals and all who seek the survival of Nigeria to continue to register for their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) and to safeguard their PVC.

“We understand that with the current repositioning of the Labour Party as the party for workers, youths, students, women, traders, farmers, professionals, physically disabled persons, the unemployed and the downtrodden, the Labour Party has become the albatross of establishment political parties who have suddenly become jittery and are devising all forms of conspiracy theories and subterfuge to distract the Labour Party from ongoing mass mobilization efforts for sweeping electoral victory in the 2023 general election. 

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