Wamakko/PHCN face-off: Gov describes NLC President as rude
By Abdallah El-kurebe
Sokoto—THE stand-off between the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, and Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State, has degenerated with the governor describing NLC’s President Omar’s call for apology as not only mis-guided but “absolutely disgusting”
Wamakko was said to have flogged the Business Manager of PHCN in Wamakko Local Government Area of the state along with two of his officials last week, leading to a one-week strike by PHCN workers in Sokoto State, which paralysed government and commercial activities, leading to altercations between the state government and labour.
The situation was temporarily resolved following the intervention of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III and other prominent natives of the area.
However, the matter was said to have escalated following insistence by NLC President, Mr. Abdulwaheed Omar that labour would embark on indefinite strike in Sokoto State if Governor Wamakko failed to tender public apology for allegedly assaulting the three PHCN workers.
In a swift reaction, Governor Wamakko described Omar’s statement as not only mis-guided but “absolutely disgusting” and “lies.”
A statement by Wamakko’s Special Assistant on Media, Sani Umar, yesterday, read in part: “Our attention has been drawn to an unnecessary outbursts and irresponsible statement credited to the president of the NLC.
“It is unfortunate that someone holding the position of Nigeria’s number one labour leader could descend so slow as to use gutter language on the person of a governor duly elected by millions of Sokoto people.
“Sokoto people could not have made a mistake by electing Governor Wamakko on three occasions. The governor is of impeccable character and a distinguished gentleman. It is, therefore, very uncharitable for the NLC president to suggest otherwise.
“It is absolutely disgusting that a person entrusted with the leadership of Nigerian workers could decide to throw caution to the winds and be calling an elected governor names. It really shows how indecent and uncouth he is.
“Perhaps he is being deluded by an imaginary power that is illusionary. How can someone claiming of being reliably informed about something take a hasty decision and still be fit enough to lead Nigerian workers?”