National Secretariat of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has warned Comrades Joe Ajaero, Issa Aremu and other aggrieved members to desist from speaking or issuing statements on behalf of the Congress, but on their capacity as their various respective union leaders.
A statement released in Abuja yesterday by NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, acknowledged the fact that the comrades remained members of the Congress, but encouraged them to speak or issue statements on behalf of their respective unions.
“We have 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 NLC at the rescheduled March 14, 2015 elections of Congress.
“While we had restrained the National Secretariat from publishing a disclaimer in the hope that commonsense and sanity will 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 NLC.
“As General Secretaries of their respective unions that are affiliates of the NLC, we cannot stop Comrade Aremu of National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria and Comrade Ajaero of National Union of Electricity Employees, or any officer of an industrial union from speaking on any national issues they feel strongly about. However, no affiliate industrial union or their officers are at liberty to issue statement(s) in the name of the Nigeria Labour Congress unless such affiliate is expressly mandated to do so by the National leadership”.
The labour leaders, however, recalled that both Comrades participated in elections that produced the current national leaders under the strict supervision of both local and international stakeholders.
“While Comrades Ajaero and Aremu pretend to be advocates of democracy, they have both become clear embarrassment to themselves and unfortunately to the entire labour movement since they lost the elections to be national officers of the Congress.
Comrade Wabba challenged the aggrieved to show iota of democratic civility by approaching law the court if not satisfied with the processes that produced the new leadership of NLC on March 14 rather than engaging on clear cases of blackmail and criminal impersonation.
On the issue of the budget of the National Assembly, which Comrade Aremu was reported to have issued a statement, the NLC President said they communicated their intention to constructively engage with the leadership of the National Assembly and Mr. President on a range of national and labour issues when the right opportunity and audience are provided.

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