The All Progressive Congress Presidential Campaign Council has dared the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and other left-wing supporters of the Labour Party (LP) to come clean on the position of its flagbearer, Peter Obi, promising to remove fuel subsidy if elected as president in 2023.
A statement sent to Naija news on Saturday by the Minister of State For Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), recalls the various instances and interviews where the former Governor of Anambra State vowed to remove fuel subsidy and asked the NLC pertinent questions.
Keyamo questioned NLC on if the fuel subsidy removal is the basis for mobilizing support for Obi and if he had agreed to back down on the issue.
According to Keyamo, if no discussion on fuel subsidy was held, then it will be reckless of the NLC to adopt a candidate without thoroughly interrogating the candidate on his policies as they may affect Nigerian workers and the masses.
He added that there is a need for Nigerians to interrogate the NLC on the reasons for throwing their support on LP and Obi.
The statement read: “We note that the leadership of the organized labour under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Monday, September 13, 2022, at a national retreat of the Labour Party in Abuja, promised to mobilise its members across the 774 local government areas in Nigeria to ensure victory for Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, in next year’s presidential election.
“We also note that in several interviews he granted in the last few months and weeks, Mr. Peter Obi has vowed to totally remove subsidy on petrol if elected President. We also note NLC’s long-standing opposition to total removal of fuel subsidy. Other left-leaning supporters of the Labour Party were also present at the event to cheer Mr. Peter Obi.
“Consequently, the following questions are urgently begging for answers by the leadership of the NLC:
“1. Before adopting Mr. Peter Obi as its candidate, did the leadership of the NLC have a discussion with him on the issue of removal of fuel subsidy?
“2. If they did have that discussion, did Mr. Peter Obi agree to back down on the issue of subsidy removal? Was that a basis for supporting him? If he did not back down on the issue, did organised Labour agree with him?
“3. If no such discussion held, does it mean the leadership of the NLC now fully supports the removal of fuel subsidy? Or will that not be reckless of the NLC to adopt a candidate without thoroughly interrogating the candidate on his policies as they affect the Nigerian workers or the masses? The NLC must make a public statement and come clean on this.
“4. If the excuse is that Mr. Peter Obi has said that the money saved will be used in other critical areas of the economy, how is that different from what Buhari’s Government is also saying?
“These questions have become necessary because Nigerians deserve to know whether organised Labour’s adopted party, which is the Labour Party, supports and promotes a policy that the leadership of Labour opposes in another breath when it is adopted by the government of the day. They cannot be blowing hot and cold.
“As our Council stands for issue-based campaigns, we call on all members of the 4th Estate of the Realm not to sweep this point under the carpet and to thoroughly interrogate the NLC and the Labour Party on the one hand; and the seemingly right-leaning supporters of the Labour Party and Mr. Peter Obi on the other, on this issue so that they will come clean before Nigerians.”
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