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Julius Abure re-elected as LP national chairman amidst NLC opposition

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Mr Julius Abure has secured his position as the National Chairman of the Labour Party for a second term, despite staunch opposition from the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

Mr Julius Abure has secured his position as the National Chairman of the Labour Party for a second term despite staunch opposition from the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).

Delegates unanimously affirmed the decision during the party’s national convention on Wednesday in Nnewi, Anambra State.

Mr. Ikechukwu Emetu, the Chairman of the National Convention and Deputy Governor of Abia State, officially declared Abure the winner.

Abure’s re-election comes amidst the continued turbulent relationship with the NLC leadership, notably led by Joe Ajaero.

The friction between Abure and the NLC had escalated before the convention, with the NLC calling for his resignation and establishing a caretaker transition committee to oversee a legitimate and inclusive national convention for the party.

Tensions peaked on March 20, as workers, denied entry into the party office, congregated outside, voicing grievances against Abure and demanding his removal over allegations of financial impropriety.

This highlights a significant division within the Labour Party, with competing factions challenging both the party’s alignment with the NLC and its leadership framework.

Former NLC President Ayuba Wabba weighed in on the crisis, asserting the NLC’s stake in the Labour Party’s affairs.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Wabba emphasized the symbiotic relationship between the NLC and the party, citing its origins and purpose.

The Labour Party was formed by the NLC… The essence of forming the party is to ensure that workers, pensioners, and farmers have a platform to exercise their rights, Wabba stated.

He further elaborated, “We own the Labour Party; it was formed under the leadership of Pascal Bafyau… So, the essence of forming the party is to make sure that workers, pensioners, farmers, can have a platform to exercise their rights.”

Amidst these conflicting perspectives, Abure’s re-election signals a continuation of the Labour Party’s trajectory under his leadership while highlighting the ongoing struggle for influence within the party, particularly between its leadership and the NLC.

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