The media advisor to the president-elect, Bayo Onanuga, has come under fire from the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) for his remarks against organized labor.
According to newsmen, the TUC reacted to a news story attributed to Onanuga that claimed organized labor is strongly politicized and has forfeited all moral authority to serve as a judge in the post-election legal dispute.
Onanuga was quoted to have said: “The NLC and TUC are already heavily partisan and therefore have lost all moral rights to be a judge in the post-election legal fights. Looking at the future, I don’t even know how the NLC and TUC can now claim to represent all Nigerian workers having fully embraced the Labour Party, LP.”
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Festus Osifo, the TUC’s president, and Nuhu Toro, its secretary general, issued a statement on Wednesday in which they urged Onanuga not to upset his principal with his ignorance.
The union said that because the TUC and NLC were affiliated with the Labour Party (LP) and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, Onanuga erred in questioning their ability to appropriately represent Nigerian workers.
However, after their leader was named the victor of the presidential election by INEC, TUC requested that Onanuga and other Tinubu representatives switch from an electoral mode to a post-election one.
The statement read in part: “This fact that labour created the LP does not mean the party must win all elections; indeed it has won some and lost some. So Onanuga challenging the legitimacy of the TUC and NLC to adequately represent Nigerian workers because they identified with the LP, does not make any sense and we do not think he is faithfully representing the position of the President-elect.
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“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been declared the President-elect of our country by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in accordance with the country’s laws and constitution and this remains so unless otherwise decided by the courts. Therefore, his spokespersons like Onanuga need to move from the electoral gear to a post-election one.
“Mr Onanuga is playing the role of a fifth columnist by seeking to manufacture problems for the President-elect, where there are none. We recall that after the elections and Asiwaju Tinubu had been declared the winner, which meant he had become the President-Elect of the entire country, this same Onanuga tried to ostracise and instigate Igbos against him. He tweeted: “Let 2023 be the last time of Igbo interference in Lagos politics. Let there be no repeat in 2027. Lagos is like Anambra, Imo, or any Nigerian state. It is not No Man’s Land, not Federal Capital Territory. It is Yoruba land. Mind your business.”
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