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NLC, Others Have No Jurisdiction To Sack Abure-Led NWC



The Labour Party has insisted that the Nigeria Labour Congress Political Commission does not have the jurisdiction to sack the National Chairman, Julius Abure-led National Working Committee.

The party addressed the communique released by the Political Commission following a stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja on Monday, wherein it sacked the Abure-led NWC and advocated for the establishment of a transition committee to oversee the party.

The stakeholders also agreed to take over the running of the offices of the party across the country pending when a new national convention would be conducted.

The transition committee was granted a three-month period to arrange a lawful convention, starting from the ward to local, state congresses, and culminating in the national convention.

However, in a statement issued on Tuesday, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Obiora Ifoh, criticized the political commission, arguing that it did not possess the authority to make such decision.


According to the statement, all attempts by the NLC to seize control of the party leadership have been thwarted.

It praised the Abure-led National Working Committee for leading the party to national prominence.

Additionally, it accused the Political Commission of the NLC of being a facade for NLC President Comrade Joe Ajaero, which he purportedly established to further his political aspirations for 2027.

The statement urged Ajaero to prioritize workers’ welfare over politics and calls for unity within the party to build a better Nigeria.

The statement reads: “The leadership of the Labour Party has read with dismay the attempt by the Nigeria Labour Congress, a body not recognized by the Constitution of our great party or any of our known laws for that matter, to arrogate to itself powers it does not possess. 


“It claimed to have sacked the Comrade Julius Abure- led National Working Committee of the Labour Party, after holding an illegal assembly of a handful of aggrieved former members of the party and some social media tigers who are not known to be card carrying members of our party. 

“Ordinarily, we would have ignored the illegal act but for the need to set the records straight and to prevent genuine democracy loving Nigerians and supporters of our great party from being misled, we offer a few clarifications. 

“The Political Commission of the NLC is a front for Comrade Joe Ajaero which he has empowered for the purpose of his political ambition come 2027. The group is unknown to the Labour Party as such lacks powers to convene a meeting of “stakeholders” to deliberate let alone take any decision which will have a binding effect on a legally constituted party leadership. 

“The group has been mandated by Ajaero to ensure that the crisis in the Labour Party festers ahead of 2027 by presenting itself as a rallying ground for dissident former members of our party who recently lost the leadership battle in the courts. We are also not unmindful of the political pact the leadership of the NLC has gone into with the current All Progressives Congress – led Federal Government to distabilise the opposition. 

“This explains why in quick succession all their plots to hijack the party leadership have failed. First it was by illegal picketing of the party when that failed, it attempted to introduce and inaugurate a non existing Board of Trustees, that also failed. Again, the attempted plot to take over the party using stakeholders meeting comprising formers members, social media tigers and non members will again fail like a pack of card.   


“If only the drama boys who gathered on Monday as stakeholders could open the Labour Party constitution which guides the conducts of the party, probably they would have not wasted their time being part of the scantly attended jamboree. Since you cannot build something on nothing, the gathering itself lacks legitimacy and as such decisions reached remain an enterprise in futility. They are null, void and of no effect.

“It is on record that the Labour Party recently had a very successful national convention in Nnewi, Anambra State where party officials were elected and given the sacred mandate to build on the successes recorded by our party in the 2023 general elections. 

“There is no disputing the fact that the Abure-led NWC led the party into becoming a national brand. With the support of members and Nigerians across the length and breadth of this great nation, the party now boasts a number of Senators, members of the Federal House of Representatives as well as State Assemblies. Need we talk about the pace setting Governor of Abia State, Alex Otti? 

“It is pertinent to add that Nigerians are suffering under the harsh economic conditions of the current government. Workers and the downtrodden are at the receiving end. As we speak today there are unfair workers practices perpetuated by employers and the Nigeria Labour Congress has failed to take proactive roles in order to fight for the right of workers. 

“We want to remind Comrade Joe Ajaero that he has a lot of work to do for the Nigerian workers which he is abdicating to face politics. This is why we had previously advised him that if he wants to join politics let him first resign as the President of the NLC and let us know that he has turned to a politician.


“We have a collective responsibility to rebuild our party and as a leader that he is, Comrade Abure has offered his hands of fellowship to all genuine party members to come on board to partner with him and give Nigerians a truly democratic platform to pursue their dreams of a better Nigeria which we all know is still possible. 

“As a law abiding party, we will seek the protection of the court of law should the need arise. We, however, appeal to our teeming supporters to remain calm because in the end, justice will prevail.

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