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Help us educate, discipline NLC, Ajaero,’ Labour Party cries to SGF

National Chairman of Labour Party (LP) Julius Abure,

Published By: Ayorinde Oluokun

By Perpetua Onuegbu

The Labour Party (LP) has urged the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) to call the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and its leadership led by Joe Ajaero to order and educate them on the limits of their power.

The party also asked the SGF to condemn the rascality, and abuse of office and to impose appropriate discipline on the Ajaero-led NLC leadership for violating labour laws

Labour Party made the requests following Wednesday’s vandalism of its offices by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in a petition by Obiora Ifoh, the LP National Publicity Secretary of the party.

In the petition made available to journalists on Friday in Abuja, the party said it had become unavoidably necessary to request for urgent intervention of SGF, being the Regulatory Agency for trade unions, including the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

“The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has over the years engaged in a war of attrition with our party.

“It came to a head and unbearable when the NLC, under the leadership of Comrade Joe Ajeoro, directed the picketing of our party’s National Headquarters and our chapter offices across the country.

“The unwarranted attack in our office resulted in the destruction of several properties,” Ifoh said.

He added: “The NLC claims to be owners of the party and therefore wants to impose the leadership of the party, exerts overwhelming control to achieve a political end.

“It should be noted that Section 221 of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended) prohibits any association from contributing to the funds of any political party.

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“It is a criminal offence under section 15 of the Trade Union Act to use Trade Unions Funds whether directly or indirectly to fund a political party.

“Similarly, the NLC has no right to picket an organization where there is no trade dispute, The LP has no staff who are members of the NLC. The actions of the NLC is a clear violation of the 1999 Constitution, the Electoral Act, the Trade Union Act and other relevant laws.”

“It is of importance to further draw your attention to the fact that it is only members who are financially up to date with the party, who have rights and obligations to in the party (See Article 9(3)(i) and (iii) of our constitution).

“NLC members are not card-carrying members of LP. The party cannot be owned by any association, membership of the party is on individual basis.

“The LP Constitution says the party is open to all Nigerians who accept its ideology, programs and the constitution, irrespective of their religion, ethnic, gender, social and economic status.

“However, the organs of the party as decided by the members assume leadership of the party. How this is achieved is well spelt out in the constitution.

“As lawful citizens we didn’t want to confront them in an uncivilized manner in order to avoid breakdown of law and order. We had the option of also mobilizing party faithfuls to confront them.

“Doing that at this point where the harsh economic climate is having its toll on the Nigerian people will result to anarchy.

“Hence, the urgent need to call the NLC and its leadership led by Ajaero to order, educate them on the limit of their power, condemn their rascality, abuse of office and discipline them as appropriate”.

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