Buhari promises miracle, no excuse not to perform – LP Chairman


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Buhari promises miracle, no excuse not to perform – LP Chairman

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Several years after the Labour Party was formed by Nigerian trade unions through their apex body, the Nigerian Labour Congress, to be a viable platform for political contest and good governance in the country, the party has  not really made any   appreciable   impact on the polity. Indeed, the defection of Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, the only state governor from its fold,   the party’s fortunes appear to have worsened.

Abdulkadir Salami Labour party (LP) Chairman
Abdulkadir Salami Labour party (LP) Chairman

In this interview, the Labour Party Chairman, Alhaji Abdulkadir Salami, speaks on the party’s problems and other matters in the polity. Excerpts:

By Joseph Erunke

Would you say the Nigerian workers have fared well under democratic rule?

No, the Nigerian workers have not fared well under democratic rule because we have the problem of leadership. Those in the leadership of the NLC are now trade union traders. Go to the NLC, from the general secretary to all those workers particularly; it is now that with Waba’s emergence as NLC president that he would put his patriotism to workers’ benefit. But all along, his predecessor never cared for workers and that is why he was never celebrated and will never be celebrated. The workers will regain their lost glory and vibrancy with the coming of Comrade Ayuba Waba.

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What is responsible for the lethargy of the Labour Party?

Well, we have never as a party, contested for presidency of this country since our formation.

What about contest for state governorship?

The situation with us in the Labour Party is that we are a bit unfortunate. Our governorship candidates came from areas where rigging is part of the lives, system and arrangement of the people of the areas. That is why right from time, we believe that the National Assembly elections, Governorship and House of Assembly Elections were never credible and that is why we are at the tribunals now.

I didn’t hear you complain about the presidential election, does that mean that the presidential election was credible?

We did not contest for presidential election. The man who wears his shoe knows where it pinches and he has told us that it is not pinching him. So, I won’t be holier than the pope.

Did the defection of Governor Mimiko affect you in Labour Party?

If Mimiko had remained and spent the money we are sure that he spent on PDP on even three candidates of the Labour Party, we would have at least have three additional candidates by today. But he believed so much, his soul, his mind and life were in the PDP  and he left the Labour Party. But I will boldly say here that his leaving the Labour Party never affected us in any way.

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What are your expectations from the incoming Buhari administration?

What I will say here is that the APC people who clamoured for change, who told Nigerians they wanted change and campaigned on the platform and basis of change, Nigerians have given them the authority and the mandate to come out with the changes. Let nobody now begin to tell us that he cannot perform miracle, because they told Nigerians that when they come, they would perform miracle. We will not expect Buhari to go abroad for any medical treatment. Our health system must be properly put in place, he must focus attention on it. Let them not tell us that they cannot provide jobs for our teeming youths, let them not tell us that the security lapses will continue in any manner, since they told us that they would perform miracle.

Talking about health now,   do you   think the   incoming administration of Buhari will be able to fix the health sector   to the extent that   public office   holders,   using himself as example, will   not go abroad for medical treatment?

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There are certain things that we expect from Buhari to  do   urgently. Health is one, so that our people will not go abroad for treatment again. He can do it, he told us he can do it. We have the resources to do it. We have the material and human resources to do it. So, we believe he can do it if he wants to do it. Secondly, on the issue of corruption, Buhari has no excuse not to fight corruption headlong. He must first fight this corruption from those who surround him.

The Labour Party, since its formation, has not really fielded any presidential candidate for elections in the past, would you still follow this path in the 2019 presidential election?

No, we won’t go into alliance with anybody any longer. The National Executive Committee of our party has already taken that decision that we are not going into alliance with any political party in future.

 

11 Responses to "Buhari promises miracle, no excuse not to perform – LP Chairman"

  1. Omotunde Ademola
    Omotunde Ademola   May 21, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Why are u not asking Mr Jonathan, with d present level of nation’s economy. So this is their transformation agenda.

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  2. Mutiu Abiola
    Mutiu Abiola   May 21, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Shut up mumu

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  3. Mutiu Abiola
    Mutiu Abiola   May 21, 2015 at 12:19 am

    Shut up mumu

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  4. Michael Olu
    Michael Olu   May 20, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Labour is been killed by Adam oshomole when he become governor so many people like him are still in labour

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  6. Sunday Awoniyi Opebiyi
    Sunday Awoniyi Opebiyi   May 20, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Labour pocketing! They already knows GMB is not the type that will be dishing out money to them like other;that y they r ranting! They are to be IGNORE!

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  7. Franklyn Olayinka Taylor
    Franklyn Olayinka Taylor   May 20, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Why listen to a nuisance the labor party chairman, he was campaigning for pdp.

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  8. Mobolaji Olufolarin Art
    Mobolaji Olufolarin Art   May 20, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    SHUT UP . IDIOT !

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  9. Abimbola Mosunmola Olatufo
    Abimbola Mosunmola Olatufo   May 20, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Mad man,u too shd try that miracle in ur party,yeye dey smell,wen una don spoil nigeria finish u na GMB to ammend it,i beg go sidon,na small amall my general go mend it

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  10. Abimbola Mosunmola Olatufo
    Abimbola Mosunmola Olatufo   May 20, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Mad man,u too shd try that miracle in ur party,yeye dey smell,wen una don spoil nigeria finish u na GMB to ammend it,i beg go sidon,na small amall my general go mend it

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  11. Oladapo Oladele
    Oladapo Oladele   May 20, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    LP AN APPENDAGE OF PDP.

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