The President, Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC),Comrade Ayuba Wabba has kicked against a media report saying that he endorsed and was part of a meeting that “endorsed the Grand National Coalition (GNC) of the National Intervention Movement”.
Wabba on Monday clearly stated that neither him, the Nigeria Labour Congress nor the Labour Party is part of or affiliated to the National Intervention Movement.
According to him, “My attention has been drawn to a story by Sahara Reporters entitled 2019: Soyinka, Agbakoba, Labour Leaders Endorse Grand National Coalition in which it was reported that I was one of those that endorsed the grand coalition. The communique said to be signed by “Mr Naseer Kura, Deputy Director General of the new political movement”, on which the Sahara Reporters relied, misrepresented the facts”.
He further noted that there is a clear procedure for affiliating, endorsing or consorting with any social or political group outside the Nigeria Labour Congress, adding that to the best of his knowledge, the issue of affiliating, endorsing or consorting with NIM was not debated in any of their organ meetings or the Labour Party.
In his words, “This is without prejudice to the right of any individual or individuals to exercise in their favour, the right of freedom of association as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
“In spite of my respect for the individuals who attended the said meeting, I wish to state categorically that I have not been attending the meetings of NIM, neither was I at the said meeting from which the Communique in question emanated.
“Thus, clearly, Sahara Reporters and other media houses were misled. Nigerians will be told in no uncertain terms when, I, Ayuba Wabba, mni or the Nigeria Labour Congress or the Labour Party join NIM or endorse the Grand National Coalition” he ended.