By Appolos Christian
The leadership of Labour Party have dissociated the party from the coalition recently formed in Abuja.
Chairman of the Party, Dr Mike Omotosho who briefed journalists yesterday said the party is not a political party, but a political movement and can’t go into alliance without the knowledge of the owners, NLC and TUC.
According to him, the former National Chairman of the Party, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, who allegedly represented the party at the meeting was removed at the Special National Convention of the Party, held on 3rd October, 2017.
He said the party, ahead of 2019 is consulting and mobilising their members for elective offices.
“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.
“The Labour 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 crocket coalition engagement”.
The Labour Party Chairman further said the commitment of the 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”.
According to Omotosho, “As the nation prepare for the upcoming elections, the Labour party is consulting with party stakeholders, mobilising our members and preparing our candidates for elective offices. Whilst we are not averse to partnering with other like-minded group and parties seeking to help transform the nation, we are at the moment more concerned about challenging the current administration to deliver more on their promises. We challenge them to deliver more for the Nigerian worker, most of whom still struggle to eke a living from their wages and salaries. Our hope is that Nigeria”.