Tensions Flare as NLC Orders Picketing of Labour Party Secretariats Nationwide

The longstanding conflict between the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the leadership of the Labour Party (LP) reached new heights on Wednesday, with the NLC issuing a directive to its state councils and political commission to picket Labour Party secretariats across the country.

In a letter obtained by PUNCH Online, signed by NLC Political Commission Chairperson Titus Amba and Secretary Chris Uyot, the directive cited grievances over the refusal of the LP National Chairman to hold a National Convention, alleged financial mismanagement, and disregard for NLC leadership.

The letter, dated March 19, 2024, outlined the decision reached during a virtual meeting of the NLC National Political Commission and state representatives. It urged state councils and political committees to mobilize workers for picketing on Wednesday, March 20, 2024.

According to the directive, the NLC accuses the LP National Chairman of intransigence and financial impropriety, prompting the drastic measure of picketing LP secretariats nationwide.

The escalating conflict stems from allegations made by the NLC against LP leadership, particularly regarding plans for a national convention in Umuahia, Abia State. The NLC contends that the convention aims to re-elect the current LP National Chairman amid concerns of secrecy and legality.

In response, the LP leadership, led by National Publicity Secretary Obiora Ifoh, vehemently opposed the NLC directive. Ifoh accused NLC President Joe Ajaero of harboring ambitions to become the next LP National Chairman and dismissed the legitimacy of non-party members dictating party affairs.

The directive concludes with a call for statewide mobilization by NLC state councils and political committees, urging collaboration with civil society groups, students, traders, and professionals to ensure the successful execution of picketing and mobilization efforts.

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