The Labour Party (LP) have issued a warning to the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC to face squarely the commitments expected of them from the workers rather than dabbling into partisan politics.
The leadership of the trade union constituted a caretaker committee led by Alhaji Salisu Muhammed to oversee and reposition the Labour Party and convene a credible national convention that will produce leaders based on the ideals of the party.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, Alhaji AbdulSalam, said Alhaji Muhammed supposed caretaker committee are impostor alleging that “he used to be NLC General Secretary, he was dismissed under Adams Oshiomohle’s period as NLC President for gross misconduct”.
According to him, Alhaji Muhammed “is a worker with Bureau of Public Enterprise” and questioned why he is now claiming to be a politician or Chairman caretaker committee of political committee”.
The Labour party National Chairman therefore said that, “my advise to the President and General Secretary of NLC is that they should not drag the good name, the integrity we the veteran left behind in Labour into the mud, because already the issue of minimum wage for workers is slipping out of their hand, even the housing contribution for workers is not been properly accounted for”.
He also accused the NLC chairman of using workers money to fund the supposed caretaker committee, saying “as at last week they gave money to this so called caretaker committee to carry out their functions which is illegal but we’ll advise them to stop using workers money towards pursuing political fallacy”.
Speaking further, he said that, the party would not drag NLC to court over the development saying that, “as the National chairman of this party, I won’t be the one to drag NLC to court but they should tow the part of honour especially the leadership”.
On whether Labour party would present Presidential candidate in 2015 election, he said, “As at today we have nobody who has meet up with our expectation for president. As at now we are not in consultation with anybody, as at now we don’t have anybody for president and we are not hustling to support anybody until we are more than sufficiently convinced that we will go with the right candidate who has interest of Nigeria at heart.
“In 2011 We supported Jonathan then, we never supported PDP, we never met with PDP we never related with PDP, we never interacted with PDP. What we did, was to submit our expectations in terms of programme and agenda to President Goodluck Jonathan. We never demanded for money, not in term of position or appointment, so we supported Goodluck Jonathan based on what we saw him doing”, he stated.