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NLC Shuts Down LP Secretariat, Calls for Abure’s Dismissal

The leadership of the NLC accused Abure of organizing a "secret" convention without consulting major stakeholders, leading to a confrontation between Abure and both the NLC and the House of Representatives caucus.

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NLC Protests Planned Labour Party Convention, Calls for Chairman’s Removal.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) made a forceful demonstration at the national secretariat of the Labour Party in Abuja on Wednesday, opposing the party’s upcoming national convention scheduled for the end of the month. The NLC also demanded the immediate removal of the National Chairman of the party, Julius Abure.

The leadership of the NLC accused Abure of organizing a “secret” convention without consulting major stakeholders, leading to a confrontation between Abure and both the NLC and the House of Representatives caucus. Workers voiced concerns that Abure’s actions could jeopardize the Labour Party. Despite the protest, policemen prevented workers from accessing the party secretariat.

The National Working Committee of the Labour Party accused Ajaero of attempting to replace Abure, responding to an open letter from the political arm of the NLC, the Nigeria Labour Congress Political Commission.

The letter raised allegations against Abure and the NWC, claiming that they had put forward plans for a national convention in Umuahia, the capital of Abia State, on March 27.

“That given the intransigence of the National Chairman of the Labour Party to unilaterally hold a National Convention of the Labour Party, financial rascality and contempt for the leadership of the NLC, the NLC State Councils and State Political Committees should mobilise workers to picket all the State Secretariats of the Labour Party, scheduled for Wednesday, 20th March 2024,” the letter partly read.

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The convention was purportedly intended to re-elect Abure as the sole administrator of the Labour Party, raising concerns about its lack of transparency.

The political faction of the NLC declared the planned convention unlawful and is insisting on the immediate resignation of Abure as the party chairman. They are advocating for the establishment of a caretaker transition committee to oversee a lawful and inclusive national convention for the party.

On the other hand, the leadership of the Labour Party rejected the directive, claiming that it was motivated by Ajaero’s alleged ambition to assume the role of the next national chairman of the party.

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