Supporters of Labour Party National Chairman Protest NLC’s Interference

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Supporters of Labour Party National Chairman, Comrade Julious Abure, took to the streets in Gudu, Abuja, today to protest what they see as the undue interference of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the party’s affairs.

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Carrying placards with slogans like “On Abure’s mandate we stand”, “NLC leave Abure alone,” and “Nnawi’ National Convention is valid”, the demonstrators commenced their march from the new Abuja chapter secretariat.

Tensions have been escalating between the Nigerian Labour Congress and the leadership of the Labour Party. The NLC has accused Abure of acting as a sole administrator within the LP, leading to a vote of no confidence in his leadership and calls for his resignation.

The conflict between these two organizations has garnered public attention, prompting questions about the NLC’s authority to intervene in LP matters and the root causes and consequences of their disagreement.

Investigations by Vanguard reveal that the ongoing power struggle between the Julius Abure-led National Working Committee of the Labour Party and the Comrade Joe Ajaero-led Nigeria Labour Congress is jeopardizing the party’s future.

The dispute primarily revolves around control of the party structure, with major stakeholders accusing Abure of running the LP like a personal fiefdom, an allegation vehemently denied by Abure.

Trouble for Abure began after the 2023 general elections when party members accused him of financial mismanagement. Despite court rulings upholding his leadership, allegations persisted, including claims by the party’s former National Treasurer, Ms. Oluchi Oparah, of unaccounted-for funds.

Oparah’s public allegations led to her suspension for six months, further exacerbating tensions within the party. Currently, the Abure-led NWC of the LP faces opposition not only from the NLC but also from the party’s House of Representatives caucus over plans to conduct a national convention without full stakeholder input.

Comrade Joe Ajaero and the NLC leadership have voiced their lack of confidence in Abure’s leadership, accusing him of unilateral decision-making within the party.


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