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  The Nigeria Labour Congress has announced that it is backing Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, in the upcoming presidential election on Saturday. The announcement was made at a meeting of the congress’ National Administrative Council held on Wednesday. The NLC, along with the Trade Union Congress, had previously declared their support for Obi at a 10th-anniversary lecture in honour of the late Comrade Pascal Bayau in Abuja.
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NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba praised Obi as one of Nigeria’s finest and the first LP presidential candidate to be recognized by the Labour Centre. The NLC has pledged to mobilize fully to ensure the party’s success in the 2023 General Elections. In addition, just recently, the African Democratic Congress had collapsed its structures to endorse Obi for president. A statement endorsing Obi’s candidacy was also released on Wednesday by the congress’ National Political Commission, signed by the National Secretary, Chris Uyot, and entitled “The elections are here – support the Labour Party.” 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…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.”

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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.

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“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.  Featured Image Source: Voice of Nigeria
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This article was first published on 23rd February 2023


Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.

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