The Nigeria Labour Congress and a faction of the Labour Party have rejected the plan by former National chairman of the Labour Party, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam to adopt Olusegun Mimiko as the party’s Presidential torchbearer for the 2019 general elections.
Mr Ayuba Wabba, NLC President and Mrs Ebere Ifendu, the National Publicity Secretary, Labour Party, stated this at a joint news conference on Thursday in Abuja.
According to Wabba, it is very important for labour to make its position clear for the 2019 General Elections.
“It is not possible for Mimiko to run under the Labour party and we want to say no to that. Mimiko has no business as a member of the Labour Party.
“The party is registered by the NLC and the Trade Union Congress, Market Women Association, students, we register the party and the certificate of the party is with the NLC General Secretary.
“Therefore, bringing money to buy the party or the structure will not work, we do not share in the same ideology with him. This is a party with a difference.
“Therefore, I want to call on Minimko once again to make sure he hands-off the party.
“Therefore, A.A Salam cannot continue to function as the chairperson of the party,” he said.
He added that the Labour Party is not a place for any candidate to join when the condition is favourable.
Also, Mrs Ebere Ifendu, National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party warned Nigerians and political aspirants to disregard the purported party convention slated for 13th September in Abuja.
“It has become necessary for the leadership of the Labour Party to draw the attention of the general public to the fraudulent collection of expression of interest and nomination form fees from innocent and unsuspecting political aspirants.” Ifendu said while blaming the Indepen dent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for what she described as an comfirming illegality in its continued dealings with Salam.
She also disclosed that the party’s counsel, Femi Falana has served INEC, A. A. Salam and Julius Abure, the Court contempt summon, hence she warned them not to proceed with the illegal party convention otherwise they risk arrest.