Abuja - The NLC president,
Abdulwaheed Omar, said on Thursday that the labour movement was the
authentic owner of the Labour Party which had recently suffered several
defections by its top notchers.
Omar said this after a meeting of the party's
stakeholders, including the NLC, Trade Union Congress and other
civil society partners in Abuja.
Omar told newsmen that "we have been watching with
very keen interest the activities of the Labour Party in the recent time and we
are concerned with the fixing of date, supervision and hosting of the
The National Executive Council (NEC) of the party fixed Oct.
4 for its National Convention in Akure but the date was later shifted to
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Confusion, however, set in over the defection of
the only Governor of the party, Olusegun Mimiko to PDP.
"You recall that presently, the only governor of the
party, Gov. Mimiko, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with all the
members of the executive and the state members of assembly and the party
"This is a major concern to us that a governor who had
already defected to another party is now the one who is sponsoring and hosting
an independent party like Labour Party.
"It is that concern that made us to call for this meeting
of the stakeholders of the party with the view of making sure that we
call for the immediate posponment of the Akure convention.''
According to him, a new date and venue will be fixed, to
allow the party to hold its convention independent of another external force.
"I am calling on all the concerned people that are set
to attend the convention on Oct. 11 to disregard the convention and
return as a new date and venue would be announced.
"Labour Party in Nigeria is expected to be a very strong
and vibrant party that would serve the interest of the workers in the
He said the party was very unique and the
only one that had statutory stakeholders in the country.
He said that the presidents of NLC and
TUC were executive members of the party and two others
representing the workers in the country.