From Emmanuel Iyoho
Ahead the 2023 general elections, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says it will mobilize its members across the 774 local government areas in Nigeria to achieve victory for Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, in next year’s presidential election.
The national president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, AyubaWabba, stated this at the National Retreat of the party in Abuja recently.
According to the union leader, its affiliates and political commissions across the 774 wards in Nigeria will mobilise its members at the grassroots to achieve victory for Obi in next year’s presidential elections.
“One issue that we must take very serious is to conscientizeour members and also Nigerians because Nigeria is so much divided along many primordial interests and many interests that are self-centred that we need to address,” he said while speaking about how the party can achieve its objectives and better Nigeria.
“No country in the world can prosper and work in unity if the country is so divided. So one of the responsibilities of LabourParty is to unite Nigerians along a common goal of development and prosperity,” he said.
He said, “Let us organise at all levels. Let us send a message at all levels. I assure you that as Britain did it in 1945 when all the structures were actually won by the Labour Party and recently… Australia also did the same,” he said.
The NLC president said “It’s not that we don’t have, we have structures; human beings are the structures. It is just to activate the structures and put them to use. It’s just like a weapon in military circles. You service them when the need arises.
“So the need has (arisen) for all the structures of the political commission of both TUC and NLC to be activated in all the 774 local governments.
“Importantly, also the structures of all our affiliates, both TUC and NLC, membership together is 12 million.”
The NLC boss defended the youths of the country, insisting that they are not lazy and have been failed by various governments.
Obi is known to have built significant support and following among youths in the country, and Mr Wabba believes that their support is critical to the success of Obi and the future of the country.
“I am so happy that the youths have aligned themselves with the structures and the struggles of the working class – we, their parents – because we are actually parents to the students and the youths because they are actually realizing that agonizing alone without organizing cannot take us anywhere,” Wabba added.