NLC Owns Labour Party – Ayuba Wabba Insists

Former President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, has insisted that the Labour Party was formed by the NLC as a platform for members of the union to exercise and defend their rights.

Recall that the LP National Chairman, Julius Abure, had earlier claimed that the party is not answerable to the Congress.

Wabba led this out during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday.

He said: “First and foremost, the Labour Party was formed by the NLC, in the realisation of a clear objective in the Constitution of the NLC. Under Article 3 and Item 1, the major objective of the NLC is to promote, defend and advance the economic, political, and social rights and well-being of Nigerian workers and pensioners.

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“We own the Labour Party; it was formed under the leadership of Pascal Bafyau, as Party for Social Democracy. Under Adams, organs decided to change the name to the Labour Party, and the first chairman was S.O.Z Ejiofor who later handed over to Dan Anyanwu.

“So, the essence of forming the party is to make sure that workers, pensioners, farmers, can be able to have a platform to exercise their rights, which is enshrined in Section 40 of the Constitution.

“The party was formed by NLC, and registered by NLC. It’s like you built a house, you got a C-of-O, then you rented the apartment, so you must have an interest in how the property is managed.”