By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA – A factional group of the Labour Party, LP,Wednesday disassociated itself from the coalition group that earlier joined forces with the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 general elections.
From left, former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abukakar; Chairman, R-APC, Engr. Buba Galadima; Senator Stella Omu, former Senate President, David Mark and Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, during the signing of MoU by a coalition of political parties in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.
Factional Chairman of LP which enjoys the support of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Mike Omotosho, while disowning the alliance at the labour headquarters in Abuja said at no time was the party consulted and that there was no any formal meeting or agreement between the Party and any other Political Party in Nigeria in that respect.
Omotosho however accused Abdulkadir Abdulsalam the National Chairman of the party of taking the LP to the PDP for the alliance.
While lamenting the inclusion of the LP in the alliance, he said, “The attention of the national leadership of the Labour party has been drawn to the purported inclusion of the Labour party in the recent coalition formed by some group of Nigerian politicians, under the guise of Grand Alliance.
“Information at our disposition revealed that our former National Chairman (Abdulkadir Abdulsalam), who was removed at the special national convention of the party, held on 3rd October, 2017, impersonated the National Chairman and masqueraded as the party’s official and committed the party to the so called coalition by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on behalf of the party.
“We wish to unequivocally state that Labour party is not part of any coalition. The leadership of the party has not been consulted, neither has there been any formal meeting or agreement between our party and any other political party in Nigeria in this respect.
“Our party is not only a political party but a political movement, guided by its ethics, values, principles and social ideology, where all actions are taken in consideration of due process. If there was any need for the party to join any coalition, the consent and the approval of the National Working Committee NWC and the National Executive Council NEC would have been sought before such a huge organ decision is taken.
“It is an undisputable fact that the Nigeria Labour Congress and its allies, the TUC and the civil society, are the owners of the party. Such a vital decision to join a coalition cannot be effected without the approvals of their respective governmental organs.
“As it stands now, neither the NWC, NEC, nor NLC are aware or privy to this coalition engagement.
“The commitment of our party to this unholy alliance is therefore the fiery imaginations and fictions of a few recalcitrant members and borne out of their hurriedness to mortgage the party for their selfish political end.
”We hereby disassociate our great party, the Labour party, from such a clandestine gathering, calculated to further throw the political atmosphere of Nigeria into more heinous confusion.”