Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) have announced their support for the Labour Party candidate, Mr Peter Obi to emerge as winner In the 2023 presidential election.
The leadership of the NLC and TUC made this known in separate addresses on Tuesday in Abuja.
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The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, who spoke during the 10th Memorial Lecture in honour late Pascal Bafyau, described Obi as one among the finest Nigerians and the first presidential candidate of Labour Party to be recognised by the labour centre.
Wabba stated that NLC is solidly behind Labour Party and will fully mobilise to ensure the victory of the party come 2023 general elections.
He added that workers’ unions had realised that strikes and protests alone could not change the narratives in Nigeria, especially in regards to workers welfare and fair treatment to the working peoples.
Meanwhile, TUC president, Mr Quadri Olaleye, said that “Obi is a face among the presidential candidates that all labour unions are pleased and are ready to work with.”
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Olaleye affirmed that the entire labour movement has accepted, adopted and will support, and ensure workers massively vote for him in the 2023 presidential elections.
In his words:
The Labour Party is stronger, one and formidable and the party has a widespread structure, as there is a worker and a members of either TUC and NLC in every family across Nigeria.
Peter Obi, during his address said his visit to the leadership of the two labour centres was not to campaign but for a courtesy call to honour the Organised Labour on whose party and interest he was seeking Nigerians votes in the 2023 general elections.
My commitment is to move Nigeria from consumption to production and you can not talk about production without labour.
Labour is the engine of production, capital and machine can do anything but labour is what makes it work.
Because labour is the greatest contributor to production, it has to be properly remunerated.
Peter Obi added:
I do not need to tell you how bad things are in this country today. if you are on wages, today Nigerians spend 100 per cent of their wages on just feeding.
”So many don’t even know where their next meal will come from. They pay to train their children only for them to finish school and stay at home without work.