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by Victor Ndubuisi

Joe Ajaero, the president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Monday permitted access to the Labor Party National Headquarters for additional union members.

According to Newsmen, Julius Abure, the National Chairman of the LP, met with NLC members and Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja, General Secretary of the Congress.

Recall that the party fell further into disarray when Lamidi Bashir Apapa, the LP National Vice-Chairman for the South, was named acting party chairman in lieu of suspended chairman Julius Abure. This decision was made after seven members of the NWC of the party made the announcement.

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The NWC members, who were led by Apapa, based their choice on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court’s ruling that barred Julius Abure from representing himself as the party’s national chairman.


Ajaero, however, demanded that the Apapa-led faction leave the office or face being detained during a solidarity visit to the LP headquarters.

Before a personal conversation with Abure, he told reporters that in the event that the LP loses its leadership, the Congress, which acts as the party’s trustee, must gather to decide what to do next.

He made it clear that nobody could assume new leadership without Congress’s consent.

According to Ajaero, the visit was made in order to get rid of what he called “rodents” that were trespassing on the party’s grounds.

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The NLC President said: “For some time now, we have not been visiting our house we decided to visit our house this afternoon after getting some information that there are some rodents trying to move into our house and we have come with some insecticide to fumigate the house from any rodents that are illegally trying to enter our property.

“So that is why we are here, incidentally, we didn’t see any rodents but we will comb around and see whether there are any. The LP is a child of circumstances. It began when we lost almost all confidence in the existing political parties and we felt that the LP will be the ideal political party that will represent our ideological persuasions. In other words, that was why the LP was formed. For anybody or group think that they can sabotage or derail our ideological move, we will resist them with the last drop of our blood.


“This party was formed by the NLC and TUC. This is our party. Nobody can come from the blues and declare himself as the chairman or secretary of our party without our consent. It is not done.”

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The chairman of the Nigerian labor union threatened to seize the property of anyone found making trouble for the party and urged his followers to arrest them.


He said: “Such people, if they attempt to come here next time, all their property, all their houses, their residential houses, we will occupy them where ever it is located. Then they will know that all that they have was given to them by Labour.

“Today, we say enough is enough. Never again will any human being enter here under any guise, under any order. Even if we lose our leadership, we have to meet as trustees of this party to decide the next line of action. For anybody to illegally declare himself either as chairman, secretary or anything, we urge all workers anywhere in the country, where you see such people, arrest them and bring them to us. The hour has come.

“The Bible says, “From the days of John the Baptist the kingdom of God suffereth violence and violence taketh by it by force. Now we have come to take our party, we have come to establish our party. As the fastest-growing party, you can see that envy and jealousy are crippling in.


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“The people that are pioneering this to sabotage us let’s announce here that we know your fathers. If you continue this way, we will go after your fathers. We leave it here until we finish our private discussion. Let it be known to the whole world that the NLC fathered LP and we will not abandon our child.”

Also speaking, the embattled LP Chairman said that no amount of intimidation or deceit would stop him from pursuing and reclaiming the party’s mandate.

“Let me appreciate the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) for this solidarity visit. I want to state here clearly that I remain committed to the struggle for a new Nigeria. I want to say that no man can stop an idea whose time has come.

“The time has come for Nigerians to take back their country. A new Nigeria I believe is possible and no amount of harassment or intimidation. No amount of falsehoods and no amount of falsified stories will derail us from our pursuit. We refuse to be distracted. We will continue to pursue our court case. We are in court because they stole our mandate so we will remain in court till that mandate is recovered. We will not rest on our oars until we reposition Nigeria for greatness,” he stated.



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