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NLC Crisis Deepens as Wabba Accuses Ajaero, Aremu Of Impersonation

Posted: Jun 23, 2015 at 7:50 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Innocent Oweh, Abuja


The leadership crisis rocking the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) deepened Tuesday as president of the union, Ayuba Wabba, accused Joe Ajaero and Issa Aremu of impersonating him.

Wabba’s accusation against the two officials, who are executive members of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) and the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), came on the heels of recent comments on national issues credited to them.

Ajaero and Aremu, in some national dailies on Monday, had criticised the jumbo pay package of the National Assembly members and had urged them to cut it down to at least N120 billion.

Although Wabba did not threaten legal action, he said in a statement in Abuja that they were not in a position to speak or make correspondence on behalf of the NLC, considering their defeat in the March 14, 2015 elections of the congress at Eagle Square, Abuja.

“The attention of the national leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has been drawn to the serial impersonation by Comrades Joe Ajaero and Issa Aremu since they both lost their bids to be president and deputy president, respectively, of the NLC at the rescheduled March 14, 2015 election of the congress.

“While we had restrained the national secretariat from publishing a disclaimer in the hope that common sense and sanity would eventually prevail on our comrades to stop this delusion, it has become clear to us and the entire labour movement that Comrades Ajaero and Aremu are determined to continue in their criminal enterprise of impersonation as president and deputy president of the NLC.

“It is for this reason that Comrade Aremu had continued to issue statements in which he continually purports to be the deputy president of Congress and on behalf of our revered organisation. One such statement, which was given wide publicity in at least four national dailies, The Nation, Tribune, Leadership and Daily Sun, published on Monday June 22, 2015, contended that the alleged decision of the National Assembly to voluntarily cut its budget from N150 billion to N120 billion was “too token and not far-reaching enough.”

“No affiliate industrial union or their officers are at liberty to issue statements in the name of the Nigeria Labour Congress, unless such an affiliate is expressly mandated to do so.

“All instances since Comrades Ajaero and Aremu lost their bids to be elected as president and deputy president (including the statement attributed to Aremu under reference) are clear cases of criminal impersonation.

“We had course to recently alert our international allies, Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU), International Trade Union Confederation-Africa (ITUC-Africa) and International Labour Organisation (ILO), among other labour bodies, to discountenance any correspondence from Comrades Joe Ajaero and Issa Aremu, if it is purported to be on behalf of NLC,” Wabba said.