Posted by Timige, On 11 Nov, 2023 | Updated On 11 Nov, 2023 No Comments »
The Lamidi Apapa-led faction of the Labour Party has accused the Nigeria Labour Congress President, Joe Ajaero of using the union to prosecute a personal agenda of both political and economic against the Imo State Government.
The party also accused the NLC of hiding under the assault on its President to sabotage President Bola Tinubu’s government.
The National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party faction, Abayomi Arabambi said this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.
The party also carpeted organised labour for blocking the roads leading to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport as part of the protest against the brutalisation of Ajaero by alleged thugs.
The NLC president led a protest to Owerri, Imo state capital against the state government where he was assaulted.
This has led the NLC and Trade Union Congress to threaten to embark on a nationwide strike on November 14 unless its demands are met.
The statement by the Labour Party said: “Joe Ajaero’s indiscriminate use of NLC to prosecute his personal agenda of attempted political and economic conquest of his home state of Imo is an affirmation of his desire to overthrow democracy
“Just yesterday, he was quoted to have said that nothing is wrong if INEC postpones the scheduled Saturday election and further affirmed their decision to go ahead with the strike by midnight of Monday despite the restraining order granted to the Federal Government of Nigeria by the National Industrial court.
“What manner of institutionalised manifest executive rascality on display, the first of its kind by a labour union leader with a posture that he is a government on his own. Joe Ajaero’s disregard for the rule of law is very alarming and such an action has definitely overstretched the limit of law permissible thus constituting a treasonable felony act.
“Here was a man whose instincts tell him that the people of Nigeria must be made to suffer because his ego was bruised by Imo state workers who were protesting his dictatorial tendencies of attempting to install his Cousin as the Chairman of Imo State Council NLC
“The Minister of Aviation and AeroSpace Development would recollect that some weeks ago, the Federal Executive Council, chaired by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu approved and adopted wholesale the MOU and some of the agreements in the MOU have being implemented. The wage award of N35,000 to Federal workers is being paid. The N25,000 to be paid over 6 months to 15 million households is also being executed.
“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR administration has also demonstrated his commitments to the MOU by the removal of the 7.5% VAT on diesel as demanded by the Labour Movement and last week launched the Compressed Natural Gas vehicles, which it promised to provide countrywide.
“But despite all this laudable commitment, the Joe Ajaero-led Military wing supporters of Labour Party are hell bend to going on strike and shutting down the economy with the sole aim of political and economy conquest of Nigeria simply because one container loads economist bland petition was dismissed under two mins by the Supreme Court.”
The party urged the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development not to blame it for the actions of some persons.
“In conclusion, all Nigerians has a duty to protect the Nigeria territory and democratic institutions which is currently under the Leadership of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR administration and thus it’s therefore not an excuse for any appointee of the President and Members of APC National Working Committee to constitutes themselves as benchwarmers , voiceless leaders and uninterested bystanders.
“Labour party has no duty to defend APC as a party but the Government and institution of Nigeria and stability is a mission we will use all lawful means to engaged ourselves -in until those ethnic irredeemable irredentist worshipers and promoters of Conquest of our dear country beat a retreat,” the party concluded.
Source: State Oyo - Tribune
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