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  • Updated: March 21, 2024

Joe Ajaero reacts to claims of 2027 Presidency ambition

Joe Ajaero reacts to claims of 2027 Presidency ambition

Joe Ajaero, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has replied to criticism and suspicions that he plans to run for president in 2027.

Ajaero denied any political ambitions, claiming that his efforts within the Labour Party were entirely for the party's benefit.

He emphasised his loyalty to the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by Ayuba Wabba and Julius Abure to ensure a peaceful transition.

Ajaero emphasised the importance of honouring agreements and criticised Abure's refusal to fulfil the MoU. He defended his actions by recalling previous NLC interventions and the importance of appropriate party conventions.

Ajaero questioned Abure's legitimacy as chairman of the Labour Party and emphasised the significance of transparent party processes. He urged opponents to analyse the history and basic values of the party.

Ajaero, who interacted with The Nation’s reporter over the allegations, said: “I have no ambition; I am only trying to finish what my predecessors started.

“Somebody said Ajaero wants to be president in 2027. Have I filled the form of any political party? What I am doing now, is it different from what other presidents of NLC did? Abdulwaheed Omar president was during the time of Dan Iwuanyawu. He even had to boycott the convention in Ondo State and set up a caretaker committee then.

“What I am trying to implement now is the MoU signed between Ayuba Wabba and Julius Abure. I have not even done anything. They were in court. It was Femi Falana that rescued it and no convention brought Abure.

“So, for trying to enforce the MoU has become that I want to be president. It wasn’t that Ayuba or Omar wanted to be President. I am following the trajectory.

“During Omar’s time, we had to intervene after the meeting with Olusegun Mimiko and set up a caretaker committee. Ayuba was in court with Abure until he signed a MoU that by June 2023 he will hand over. He begged to be there till after the presidential election and after that time he (Abure) didn’t want to hand over. He has overstayed.

“It is a court judgment that declared that the NLC is the owner of the party and that we have to do an all-inclusive convention from 2018 till now. Now he (Abure) is saying the NLC is a meddlesome interloper.

“What we are saying is that he (Abure) should abide by the MoU he signed with Ayuba. So, should I abandon what people who came before me agreed on because I don’t want people to say I want to be president?

“If you signed an agreement, you have to live by it. Ayuba engaged in this process more than I have started; Omar, the same thing. During Omar’s time, I was the chairman of the political commission and we engaged in this process.

"Have you seen a party that conducted their national convention without ward congress, local government congress and state congress? How do you determine the delegates? Who are the names he sent to INEC for the convention? Which convention produced Abure? Which date? Where was he elected chairman of the LP?

“Have you heard of any party that secretly went to do their convention? Check the INEC rule and even the constitution of Nigeria. No ward or local or state congresses.

“It is the people from the ward congresses that will elect the local government delegates. The local government delegates will produce the ones going for the state. That is how it is done.

“When we talk some people will react. Were they there when we formed the party? Where was Arabambi when we formed the party in 2003?” 

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