Former National Chairman of Labour Party, Comrade Dan Nwanyanwu, yesterday said lack of visionary leadership, as well as the manner in which the party handled the nomination of candidates for the 2015 general elections were responsible for his exit after 10 years at the party leadership.
He also said the role of the then leadership of labour was not in consonance with the integrity, transparency and accountability the party was known for in the past ten years under his supervision.
Speaking in Abuja yesterday when he returned the Certificate of Registration of the party to NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, Comrade Nwanyanwu stated that he was returning the certificate because he had finished his tenure as the Chairman, Board of Trustees and member of the party.
Comrade Nwanyanwu, however, said that the immediate past President of NLC, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar, contributed to the present sorry state of the party, as he failed to use his position as NLC President to rescue the party when the chips were down.
According to a letter written by Comrade Nwanyanwu informing the party of his intention, he alleged that the then leadership of NLC were using the party platform to collect money from politicians for nomination forms and never remited such monies to the party.
According to the letter dated 13th February, 2015, “It is sad for you to use the good name of a Security Chief in this country to justify your unpardonable action in connection with the huge funds that came from one of the South-South states as nomination fee for the party, thereby denying the party its legitimate funds. Did you consider this same Security Chief becoming aware of the criminal use of his name and consequently arresting you and your collaborators?”
He also accused him of turning himself to the biblical pharaoh whose heart was continually hardened even when God continued to warn him.
However, he reminded the current NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, of his effort which resulted in the high recognition and respect accorded the party in the political community.
“Mr. Chairman, you will agree with me that I made enormous sacrifices to build the party to its present enviable height over a period of ten years. The party, no doubt, achieved the character of a progressive political party that never compromised in its principles and ideas. The confidence of the leaders and members of the National Working Committee, NWC, led by me as the National Chairman was earned and not assumed,” he said.

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