2023 poll: APC campaign council accuse NLC of hypocrisy over fuel subsidy removal, fault support for Obi
The All progressive congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council has accused the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) of being hypocritical over the burning issues of fuel subsidy removal in the country.
The Council Director, Media and Public Affairs, Mr Festus Keyamo in a statement so faulted the leadership of the NLC for promising to mobilise its members across the 774 local government areas in Nigeria to ensure victory for Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, in next year’s presidential election.
Justifying the council’s position, Keyamo noted: ” Before adopting Mr Peter Obi as its candidate, did the leadership of the NLC have a discussion with him on the removal of fuel subsidy?
“If they did have that discussion, did Mr Peter Obi agree to back down on the issue of subsidy removal? Was that a basis for supporting him? Did organised Labour agree with him if he did not back down on the issue?
” If no such discussion is held, does it mean the leadership of the NLC now fully supports the removal of fuel subsidy? Or will that not be reckless of the NLC to adopt a candidate without thoroughly interrogating the candidate on his policies as they affect the Nigerian workers or the masses? The NLC must make a public statement and come clean on this.
“If the excuse is that Mr Peter Obi has said that the money saved will be used in other critical areas of the economy, how is that different from what the Buhari’s Government is also saying?
“These questions have become necessary because Nigerians deserve to know whether organised Labour’s adopted party, which is the Labour Party, supports and promotes a policy that the leadership of Labour opposes in another breath when it is adopted by the government of the day. They cannot be blowing hot and cold.
“As our Council stands for issue-based campaigns, we call on all members of the 4th Estate of the Realm not to sweep this point under the carpet and to thoroughly interrogate the NLC and the Labour Party on the one hand; and the seemingly right-leaning supporters of the Labour Party and Mr Peter Obi on the other, on this issue so that they will come clean before Nigerians.”