Factional president of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Joe Ajaero yesterday alleged that the former president of NLC and Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomole, disrupted the peace meeting organised by eight man reconciliation committee set to resolve the leadership crisis rocking the congress.
Comrade Ajaero, who addressed a press conference in Abuja, also asked Nigerians to hold the governor responsible for the union’s prolonged leadership crisis and inability of its elders to end the impasse.
“We are in the middle of a meeting with the elders of NLC, including first president of NLC, Hassan Sumuno, its second president, Ali Ciroma, as well founding president of electricity workers, Ero Philips, when Comrade Ayuba Wabba went out to honour a call from Governor Oshiomhole and the meeting ended without a positive outcome. We could have made a significant progress in the reconciliation process but the unhelpful, divisive and partial role of Comrade Oshiomole,” he said.
“He was supposed to be part of the scheduled meeting but on the contrary, he fixed a dubious courtesy call on Comrade Ayuba-led group without informing other veterans.
“It was clear he meant to mischievously disrupt the reconciliation meeting as Comrade Wabba abandoned the meeting to welcome him. It is a sign of disrespect on the part of both Comrade Governor and Comrade Wabba to have scheduled a courtesy call for whatever reason at the date and time labour leaders were meeting to proffer solution to the NLC leadership crisis.” he added.
The NLC factional president however acknowledged the importance of peace in fighting for the welfare of the workers, thus suggesting that the NLC state council elections slated for April 23 this year be postponed and jointly held at a mutually agreed date by the two groups.
A suggestion the two groups agreed upon, but insist on making consultation with their respective unions.
Recall that Governor Oshiomole formally endorsed Comrade Ayuba Wabba as the duly elected president of NLC, describing the election as free, fair and transparent to all.
“If a sitting Nigerian president (Goodluck Jonathan) who is the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces and exposed to enormous powers can concede defeat in the just concluded presidential elections, even before the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declare him a loser, then I don’t see why some people cannot accept the outcome the elections that was free, fair and transparent to all,” Oshiomole said.

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