NLC must explain its support for Obi to Nigerians ― Festus Keyamo

Minister of Labor and Employment and spokesman for the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, (SAN), has instructed the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) to reiterate its support for the aspiration of Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi’s latest open statement to remove fuel subsidy, if elected.

Keyamo made the demand in a press statement this weekend.

The APC PCC spokesperson recalled that at a national retreat of the LP in Abuja, the Organized Labor promised to mobilize its members in the 774 local government areas in Nigeria to ensure the victory of the Labor Party presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi. , in the following year. presidential election, despite his stance to abolish the fuel subsidy.

Keyamo asked the NLC leadership to reconcile its opposition to the current government stance to end fuel subsidization with her open support for a presidential candidate who has vowed to dismantle the subsidy regime as well.

The APC PCC spokesperson wondered if the NLC had a discussion with Peter Obi about the subsidy regime before taking him on as a presidential candidate.

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The statement read in part: “We note that the leadership of the organized labor movement under the auspices of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) on Monday, September 13, 2022, during a national Labor Party retreat in Abuja, pledged its members in the 774 local government areas in Nigeria to ensure the victory of the Labor Party presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, in next year’s presidential elections.

“We also note that in several interviews he has given in recent months and weeks, Mr. Peter Obi has vowed to completely scrap the subsidy on gasoline if he is elected president. We also note NLC’s longstanding opposition to the total abolition of the fuel subsidy. Other left-wing Labor Party supporters also attended to cheer for Peter Obi.

Therefore, the following questions urgently require answers from the NLC leadership:
“Before hiring Mr. Peter Obi as a candidate, did the NLC leadership have a discussion with him on the issue of abolishing fuel subsidies?

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“If they had that discussion, did Mr Peter Obi agree to come back to the issue of withdrawing grants? Was that a base to support him? If he didn’t come back to the issue, did organized Labor agree with him?

“If no such discussion has taken place, does this mean that the NLC leadership now fully supports the abolition of the fuel subsidy? Or isn’t that reckless of the NLC to adopt a candidate without questioning the candidate thoroughly about his policies as it affects the Nigerian workers or the masses? The NLC must make a public statement and make this clear.

“If the excuse is that Mr. Peter Obi has said the money saved will be used in other critical areas of the economy, how is that different from whatever the Buhari government is saying?
“These questions have become necessary because Nigerians deserve to know whether organized Labour’s adopted party, the Labor Party, supports and promotes a policy that the Labor leadership opposes in a different breath when passed by the government of day. They cannot blow hot and cold.

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“Since our council stands for issue-based campaigning, we call on all members of the 4th Estate of the Reich not to sweep this issue under the rug and on the one hand, thoroughly question the NLC and the Labor Party; and the apparently right-wing Labor Party supporters and Mr Peter Obi on the other side, on this issue so that they will come out for the Nigerians.

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