BY AMOS TAUNA, KADUNA – The Northwest zone of the Labour Party (LP), has affirmed former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko as a presidential aspirant of the party in the 2019 general elections.
Briefing newsmen in Kaduna, chairman of the party in Kaduna state, Egnr. Umar Farouk said the party leadership in the Northwest zone believe that the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba was misguided, ill-informed and motivated with the aim of tarnishing and undermining the good leadership of the party under the able leadership of Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdusalam.
Farouk also said that Wabba also desired to distract Nigerians from the presidential declaration of the immediate past governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
He therefore said; “It has become unavoidably necessary to put the issue in its proper perspective that the statement put forward was issued out of ignorance, prejudice and motivated by political opponents who are afraid of the growing fortunes and prospects of the party as we inch closer to the 2019 general elections.
“That the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has stated categorically that the National Chairman of Labour Party is Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam. It is therefore in bad faith, that the NLC president, Ayuba Wabba to undermine this position.
“That our great Labour Party under the able leadership of Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam participated in the just concluded Ekiti and Osun states governorship elections and the party will continue to participate in all elections come 2019.”
Farouk, who is also the spokesman of the Northwest leadership of LP explained that while the party appreciates and acknowledge the solidarity of the organized labour with the party, however said that the Nigerian Labour Congress is not the owner of Labour Party.
According to him; “Once a political party is registered, it has a life of its own, and it can only be regulated by its constitution (see section 80 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended).”
The LP therefore advised the NLC president, Ayuba Wabba to remain focused on his roles as president of the NLC and address issues affecting workers welfare as against meddling in the activities of political parties.
He further said; “Nigerians are not unaware of the plight of the Nigerian workers who are impoverished occasioned by the current low minimum wage, unpaid salaries and allowances while others have been sacked indiscriminately.”
He said the current leadership of the party under the leadership of Abdulkadir Abdulsalam believes in the rule of law and the sanctity of its constitution.