The Cross River State chapter of the Labour Party (LP), has frowned at the continued interference of the state wing of both the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), and Trade Union Congress (TUC) in the affairs of the party.
Ambassador Ogar Osim, state chairman of the party while reacting to the purported vote of no confidence passed on him recently by the NLC, told journalists in Calabar that an attempt to foist a governorship candidate on the party, shall be resisted.
Osim who doubted how civil servants should be involved in politics, said “Those noise are sponsored by groups who feel threatened by what Labour Party is doing in Cross River State.”
According to him, “They went and gathered, deceiving people that they are the owners of Labour Party and conducted primaries at illegal venues and schedules.”
“Labour Party is owned by the people who attend meetings. Across the nation, NLC mobilises but in Cross River, NLC wants to detect what happens. They want me to adopt Earnest Jones, to justify their illegal collection of N1.5 million from him. They want me to adopt an illegal candidate list,” Osimfurther stated.
Ambassador Osim who added that, “Labour Party is serious in this election” blamed NLC CRS for presenting itself as fighting against Labour Party, and instead of mobilising, demobilisingfor the party.
Hear him “I want to state categorically, that they cannot impose any candidate on Labour Party, their vote of no confidence, is laughable, come 2023 this state will be branded by LabourParty.”
He went on to announce names of APC stalwarts who have decamped to the Labour Party to include, Mr. Dominic Aqua Edem, a former deputy speaker of the state House of Assembly,among others whose identities are clearly pasted at INEC office.
The NLC had on July 13 passed a vote of no confidence on the Labour Party state chairman, as contained in a release signed by Comrades Godwin Amoikwen, NLC chairman, and Ken Bassey of Trade Union Congress (TUC) in the state.
They said that “the Organized Labour hereby passes a vote of no confidence, on Ambassador Ogar Osim, the interim state chairman of the Labour Party.”
Organised Labour said, “The leadership totally dissociates itself from all political activities of the Ambassador Ogar Osim led executive of Labour Party in the state.”
The labour leadership further notifies politicians dealing with him as doing so at their own peril, as no consultation was made with leadership of the Organised Labour in the state.
“Notwithstanding this position, the loyalty of Organised Labourin the state for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi remains unshaken,” the state NLC further stated.