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Labour Party, LP, in Nigeria finds itself embroiled in yet another controversy mere hours after navigating a contentious situation with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

Following a National Convention in Nnewi, Anambra State, which saw the re-election of Julius Abure as National Chairman, the party faced another round of discord as the Board of Trustees (BoT) took a divergent stance.

In a statement issued by the BoT Chairman, Comrade S.O.Z. Ejiofor, it was clarified that the board’s intervention aimed to prevent a leadership vacuum following the expiration of the tenure of the National Working Committee led by Abure.

This move contradicted the party’s National Publicity Secretary’s announcement, highlighting the absence of key members at the convention, including prominent figures like Mr. Peter Obi, Dr. Alex Otti, Victor Umeh, and Tony Nwoye.

The BoT emphasized its commitment to align with a 2018 Federal High Court consent judgment recognizing the NLC as the rightful owners of the Labour Party.

Plans for an all-inclusive national convention, in accordance with this court ruling and previous agreements, were outlined to ensure transparency and inclusiveness at all levels of the party’s structure.

Prior to the convention, the NLC had staged protests at various Labour Party offices nationwide, underscoring workers’ discontent with Abure’s leadership.

Dr. Theophilus Ndubuaku, Deputy President of NLC Political Commission, highlighted the need for the Labour Party to serve as a platform not only for political aspirations but also for advancing the interests of organized labor and the populace at large.

The unfolding events underscore the complexities within the Labour Party and the broader political landscape in Nigeria.

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As stakeholders navigate these challenges, the focus remains on reclaiming and revitalizing the party’s role in championing the socio-political interests of the country and its citizens.

It is imperative for all involved parties to engage in constructive dialogue and adhere to democratic principles to ensure the Labour Party’s evolution into a robust vehicle for societal progress and empowerment.

The path ahead will require unity, transparency, and a steadfast commitment to the core values that underpin the party’s mission.


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