BY VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG
THE Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Sunday said the success of Saturday’s Presidential election was due primarily to the resolve of Nigerians that, like in other parts of the civilised world, the vote must count and that the will of the electorate must prevail.
NLC in a statement by its Acting General Secretary, Comrade Owei Lakemfa, commended the sacrifices of the Nigerian populace who spent hours queuing for accreditation, for the vote, and finally staying behind for the vote count to ensure that their precious votes counted.
The central labour organisation noted that it had no doubt that if the populace carried the type of consciousness and determination it displayed in the Presidential elections into the process of governance, and asserted its right as the sovereign power in the land, it would give birth to a new nation in which “the people are subjects not objects; where the general citizenry is the powerful, not the powerless.”
NLC also praised the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for its hard work and demonstration and competence in the conduct of elections so far and lauded the political leadership of the country, whose utterances and body language sent a clear message that the era of do-or-die politics or imposition of elected leaders, was over.
According to the statement: “The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is elated at the orderly, peaceful and all-inclusive conduct of Saturday’s Presidential elections. Despite some hitches which are not unexpected in elections of such magnitude, the elections were relative to our history, an unqualified success.”
Congress salutes Nigerians for defying security threats including rumours of bombs in places like Abuja and Niger State, to deliver a clear message that they cannot be intimidated or deterred. We laud the orderly process of the elections and the exemplary conduct of the voters.”