The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, has instructed its members to boycott the proposed national convention of Labour Party slated for Akure, the Ondo State, after the governor, Olusegun Mimiko, defected from the party.
The convention is slated for Saturday, October 11.
The NLC was reacting to Mr. Mimiko’s decamping from the LP to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The two unions, in a statement jointly signed by Abdulwaheed Omar of the NLC and Bobboi Kaigama of TUC, said Mr. Mimiko’s defection has obviously brought remarkable changes and challenges to the Labour Party.
“Consequently, the proposed convention of the party in Akure, which venue was hitherto chosen in deference to the office of the then only Labour Party Governor is no longer tenable,” they said.
They also said as major partners, the two labour centres are committed to the development and sustainability of a true working peoples’ party and that the NLC and TUC are convinced of the imperative of holding broad-based consultations to decide on the modalities for having a successful convention.
“To this end, we have mandated the National Labour Political Commission to organize a broad all-inclusive stakeholder’s meeting onThursday October 9, 2014 to discuss the way forward for the Party.
“We, therefore, call on all members of the Labour Party, to refrain from participating in the convention called for October 11, 2014, in Akure, Ondo State,” the statement said.
They added that even before Mr. Mimiko’s defection, the NLC and TUC, through their political commission, had cautioned on the dangers of proceeding with the proposed convention given a number of disturbing developments, including court challenges and factionalisation within the party.