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November 9, 2023

Ajaero pursuing Labour Party agenda, personal interest in Imo – Uzodimma

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NLC President Ajaero

Governor Hope Uzodimma has claimed that the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Joe Ajaero, is pursuing the agenda of the Labour Party and his personal interest in Imo State.

Uzodimma stated this in an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday.

He said, “Joe Ajaero is pursuing his personal interests. He (Ajaero) has said times with number that he is a member of Labour Party (LP). He has a candidate in the election of Imo State. So, he is driving whatever programme that will give advantage to Labour Party in Imo State.”

Uzodimma said he does not know why the NLC leader has been hostile to his government but he looks forward to the day he will engage Labour.

“It’s surprising that an NLC president from Imo State will be hostile to my government,” he said.

The governor further said contrary to claims by the NLC, there were backlogs of salaries that were not paid before he came that his administration has cleared.

Uzodimma said some workers were ghost workers while some received double salaries before they were discovered and stopped.

Recall Ajaero was attacked in Owerri last Wednesday just before a planned protest, demanding that the state government heed the demands of the workers in the state.

The NLC accused the Uzodimma government of allegedly supervising the assault on Ajaero .

But the government has denied the allegations.

The NLC and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had since ordered shutdown of essential services in Imo as protest for the attack on Ajaero and declared a nationwide strike effective November 14, 2023.

On Wednesday, aviation unions in Nigeria directed their workers to withdraw services to all public and private Owerri flights (both inwards and outwards) with effect from midnight. The unions said the strike is indefinite until otherwise directed by the NLC and the TUC.

On Thursday, Labour picketed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja and grounded air travel activities at the airport.

This is coming as governorship elections will hold on November 11, 2023 in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states.

In Imo, Uzodimma is seeking re-election and is being challenged by 17 other candidates including Samuel Anyanwu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP)’s Achonu Nneji as well as Jack Ogunewe of the Action Alliance (AA).