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Labour urges Nigerians to vote PDP out in 2011

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By Emeka Mamah

Kaduna — Labour  yesterday described the ongoing dispute between the supporters of President Umaru Yar’Adua and the Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, over which group controls the government as a continuation of the crisis between the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and his deputy, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

It, therefore, urged Nigerians not to agonise but to organise and vote the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, out of power in the 2011 general elections.

The Vice President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Issa Aremu, who made this known in a statement in Kaduna said the inability of the leaders of the PDP to call both supporters of Yar’Adua and Jonathan to order showed that the party “is irredeemable” and therefore not fit to rule the country.

Aremu who is also the General Secretary of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, however, said “the country’s political temperature” which was believed to have lowered when Jonathan was empowered as the Acting President following the vacuum created by the inability of President Yar’Adua to inform the leadership of the National Assembly that he was proceeding on a medical trip to Saudi Arabia, has “further heightened” with what he described as “the unorthodox, clearly non-transparent and controversial manner the ailing President Yar’Adua reportedly arrived the country from Saudi Arabia.”

According to him, “this unfortunate development further shows that the temporary political solution brokered by the Senate which confers acting Presidency on Vice President Jonathan is far from resolving the crisis of governance on a sustainable basis.”

The statement further read: “Whatever is the resolution of the current crisis of governance, one thing is, however clear: Nigerians have shown abiding faith in democratic process and they must keep it up.

“The current contestations are worthy manifestations of the strength of democracy. The challenge, therefore, is to deepen the democratic process; not to doubt it.

“It is commendable that the military now appreciates that it is accountable to democratic authorities. We must keep our eyes open and say farewell to the military permanently.”

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