The Nigeria Labour Congress has declared its support for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, ahead of Saturday’s presidential election.
The declaration was made after an inaugural meeting held on Wednesday by the congress’ National Administrative Council.
Recall that on June 22, 2022, the organised labour, comprising the NLC and Trade Union Congress, declared its support in separate speeches made by their presidents at the 10th-anniversary lecture in honour of the labour veteran, the late Comrade Pascal Bayau in Abuja.
Delivering his speech, the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said that Mr Obi is among the finest Nigerian and the first presidential candidate of LP to be recognised by the Labour Centre.
He said that the NLC will fully mobilise to ensure the victory of the party in the 2023 general elections.
Also, on Monday, the African Democratic Congress collapsed its structures to endorse Obi for president.
Meanwhile, in another statement to endorse Obi’s candidacy dated Wednesday, February 22, 2023 and titled, ‘The elections are here – support the Labour Party’ signed by the National Secretary, National Political Commission of the congress, Chris Uyot.
It partly read, “We wish to refer to the resolution of the inaugural meeting of the NAC of the NLC directing workers and indeed all Nigerians to come out en masse to perform their civic duties by voting in the forthcoming elections and taking decisive steps to safeguard their votes.
“The NLC had also urged the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure that the electoral processes are not only transparent and fair but reflect the wishes of the Nigerian people.
“This is a clarion call to all workers and working people that as we approach the final push towards the forthcoming presidential election come February 25, 2023, we should ensure a massive turnout of votes for the success of the Labour Party in line with an earlier resolution of the National Executive Council.”
NLC added that all Labour Political Committee members in the states are to intensify their work in mobilising workers and the Nigerian people both at the local, ward and polling units to vote for Obi and all candidates of LP in the National Assembly.
However, NLC maintained that the political committees are also enjoined to work with their allies in civil society organisations and students to take all necessary steps to safeguard the people’s votes by ensuring that the electoral process is transparent, free and fair.
“To accomplish these significant tasks to save our democracy, all affiliate unions and state Councils of Congress are to give maximum cooperation and support to the political committees to strengthen their work at the state, local government, wards and polling unit levels by ensuring that they provide at least 10 ward coordinators and canvassers to not only mobilise but defend the people’s votes.
“History beckons. This election promises to be the most decisive in our country.
“It offers an opportunity to transform our political, social and economic policy direction to be people’s-oriented as espoused In the Workers Charter of Demands,” the statement added.