Nigeria Labour Congress Vows to Oust Labour Party Chairman Amid Leadership Dispute

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has declared its unwavering determination to remove Julius Abure from his position as the national chairman of the Labour Party, vowing not to recognize his leadership despite his reelection at what they termed an ‘illegal’ national convention.

In an interview with Sunday PUNCH, NLC spokesman Benson Upah reiterated the union’s stance, stating that Abure remains unrecognized and illegitimate in their eyes. He emphasized that the NLC would persist in its efforts until Abure is ousted from his position.

This development comes amidst a contentious leadership struggle within the Labour Party, with a group of retired workers under the Lagos Assembly of Labour Veterans and Trade Unionists also demanding the resignation of Abure and NLC President Joe Ajaero.

Furthermore, tension has escalated between the party leadership and its presidential candidate, Peter Obi, following the conduct of the convention in Nnewi, Anambra State. Obi expressed frustration at the lack of wider consultation before the convention, which led to his absence from the event.

While addressing concerns about Obi’s potential departure from the party, Upah asserted that the decision ultimately rests with the former governor. He emphasized that while Obi is considered an asset, the NLC would not impede his choice to leave the party if he so decides.

“The right of choice is available to Mr. Obi. If he chooses to leave the party, that is his preference. We can’t sit in judgment over him on that. But if he chooses to remain, of course, Peter Obi is an asset any day,” Upah stated.


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