By Victor Ahiuma-Young
Abuja—President of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, has dismissed report claiming that Labour leaders, including him attended a political meeting and endorsed “Grand National Coalition, GNC, of the National Intervention Movement.”
In a statement titled: “I Was Not Part of This Meeting”, Comrade Wabba, described both the authors and the online medium that reported the story, as a fabrication and misrepresentation of facts.
He insisted that “neither Ayuba Wabba, nor the Nigeria Labour Congress nor the Labour Party is part of or affiliated to the National Intervention Movement.”
According to him: “I have found it necessary to issue an immediate and emphatic rebuttal to the story by an Online medium, (name withheld ) that I, Ayuba Wabba, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress have endorsed or was part of a meeting that “endorsed the Grand National Coalition (GNC) of the National Intervention Movement, NIM”. The communique said to be signed by “Mr Naseer Kura, Deputy Director General of the new political movement,” on which the online medium relied, misrepresented the facts.
“I would want to state clearly that neither Ayuba Wabba, nor the Nigeria Labour Congress nor the Labour Party is part of or affiliated to the National Intervention Movement. There is a clear procedure for affiliating, endorsing or consorting with any social or political group outside the Nigeria Labour Congress. To the best of my knowledge, the issue of affiliating, endorsing or consorting with NIM was not debated in any of our organ meetings or the Labour Party.
This is without prejudice to the right of any individual or individuals to exercise in their favour, the right of freedom of association as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as amended). In spite of my respect for the individuals who attended the said meeting, I wish to state categorically that I have not been attending the meetings of NIM, neither was I at the said meeting from which the Communique in question emanated.”
Comrade Wabba added that “clearly, the online medium and other media houses were misled. Nigerians will be told in no uncertain terms when, I, Ayuba Wabba, or the Nigeria Labour Congress or the Labour Party joins NIM or endorse the Grand National Coalition.”