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Anyim Behind Plot To Scuttle NLC Presidential Poll –Wabba

Posted: Jul 30, 2015 at 12:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

• Says Union To Take Over LP  •  Seeks Implementation of Uwais Report

By Innocent Oweh,  Abuja


President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, at the midweek, said the immediate past Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim was behind moves to scuttle the 11th Delegates Conference of the union.

The conference, which later produced Wabba as President, is till date enmeshed in controversies, following disagreements with his major opponent, Joe Ajaero, who leads a faction of the union.

Ayuba Wabba, NLC President

Ayuba Wabba, NLC President

The NLC President spoke in Abuja, when he hosted elected members of the House of Representatives once involved in labour struggles.

The 11th delegates conference, which initially took place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, was disrupted following allegation of rigging by one of the camps. It was however rescheduled for March 12, 2015 at the Eagle Square, also in Abuja.

Addressing his guests, Wabba said: “Most of you are aware about the issues affecting us. It’s also about people dabbling into our movement and the facts are very clear, even when the elections were concluded… when the ballot papers were to be sorted out, there were instructions by the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, who said that the election should be scattered, because they had a vested interest. But we thank God that despite what they did, at the end of the day, the votes were counted and results were declared.

“I am sure also that with what is happening now they will soon fizzle out, but it’s important that we close ranks and work together. We have done everything possible, including (the bid by) the Comrade Governor, Adams Oshiomhole to try to bring us all back together and work together for the larger Nigerian society”.

He also revealed that the leadership of Labour Party has agreed to hand over the party certificates and other documents in their possession to the NLC to enable it take full control of the party.

He said the Justice Uwais Electoral Committee Report, which has not been fully implemented, remains sacrosanct in future conduct of elections in Nigeria.

According to NLC, the National Assembly should of necessity champion the course for the full implementation of the report, particularly with the gains derived from the report in the recent general elections.

The labour leader urged all stakeholders in the Nigerian project to exploit ways of strengthening the electoral laws to make it difficult for anybody to rig elections.