By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—The Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in Ekiti State, Comrade Ade Adesanmi has denied the allegation that labour leaders in the state collected N25 million from the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state to embark on the recent industrial action by workers, describing the accusation as an insult to Ekiti workers.
Speaking in Ado Ekiti, at the weekend, Adesanmi appealed to Ekiti workers to be loyal to the Ayodele Fayose administration to prevent anarchy in the system.
Reacting to the bribery allegation leveled against the NLC in the state, owing to suspicion on how the 6-week strike they declared to press for the prompt payment of workers’ salaries ended abruptly and without success, Adesanmi accused a lawmaker from Ekiti of being behind the ‘unfounded accusation.’
Adesanmi said: “The issue of us getting N25 million bribe from the opposition and the N10 million they said we collected from the government were cheer blackmail. We have investigated the matter very well and we got to know that a certain female senator from Ekiti was behind the allegation.
“But let me say here that the crops of NLC leaders we have in Ekiti are not the type that will compromise. We have never done that and we will never do it,” he said.
Speaking on the necessity of loyalty of workers to government, Adesanmi said the fear of divided loyalty to the government of the day makes it imperative for workers not to dabble into partisan politics in spite of the fact that no law in the country insulated them from exercising the right.