The Labour Party (LP) has backed the newly elected President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, and urged aggrieved members of the union to embrace dialogue to address their grievances over the election.
National chairman of the party Alhaji Abdulkadir AbdulSalam said Monday in Abuja that the party was represented at the rescheduled delegates’ conference in Abuja by two deputy national chairman and the national financial secretary and was convinced that the new NLC boss deserved to win having emerged with the highest number of votes.
He also said that though the party opposed the use of card readers for the March 28 and April 11 General Elections, it also oppose the call for the sack of chairman of the Independent National Electoral commission (INEC) Prof. Attahiru Jega as it would be distracting to the quest for the election to be held and be credible.
“The report of our delegation to the delegate conference shows that the election was free, fair and credible and conforms to the provisions and guiding principles slated for the conference. The emergence of Ayuba Wabba was not a surprise as he distinguished himself as the President of the Medical and Health Workers Union. We congratulate him for his emergence and we also congratulate the entire congress for the success of the delegate conference. We urged all aggrieved parties to embrace peace and dialogue in the interest of Nigerian workers and the country,” AbdulSalam said.
Speaking on why it took the party so long to formally adopt President Goodluck Jonathan whom it adopted early in 2011, the LP boss said since the party was not a one man-show, it cannot adopt President Jonathan or any other candidate without due consultation with all shades of membership of the party.
“It is not that we don’t want to field a presidential candidate, but we consider many things including that a party’s presidential candidate is not a tea-party, it should be taken with all seriousness it deserves. We also consider the track record of President Jonathan and members of the party said we should adopt him as our candidate,” AbdulSalam added.
He also said Saturday’s fire outbreak at an INEC office in Abuja should not be taken lightly, saying the development two weeks to the General Elections is too serious to be ignored.
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