20 Million for Street Celebration
May Day rallies in Nigeria to take place on the streets of Abuja the capital following government refusal to allow labour unions use the Eagle Square opposition had accused the ruling party of stealing the elections
Nigerian labour unions and their political party the Labour Party (LP) have said this year May Day rally which is a public holiday for workers will be celebrated on the streets of Abuja the federal capital. This was made known in a signed statement Saturday, following the Federal Government’s refusal to allow Labour activists make use of the Eagle Square.
Emmanuel Ugboaja, General Secretary of the Congress made the declaration in Abuja. “As you must have been aware of the last-minute questionable action of the Government at the centre to deny us the use of the Eagle Square for this year’s May-Day celebrations three days to the event despite having granted us the permit months ago.
“Do remember that this is a venue we have been using in the past decades for our May Day celebrations.
“The sudden decision to withdraw the permit may be laden with mischief and actually a sign of what is to come in the near future. It is a call to all of us to be prepared.
“As a result of this unfortunate development, we want to inform you that we have decided to shift the venue for the celebration to the Streets of Abuja.
“This is so that we can deepen our reconnection with the people who are our true partners in the struggle for a free society,” he said.
Ajeato said that the take-off point shall be at the National Headquarters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) by 8:00 am.
He added that all affiliates are to assemble at the Labour House on Monday, the 1st of May, from where they shall proceed on a rally around Abuja.
On Friday, the LP deprecated the out going President, Muhammadu Buhari for gloating that the ruling party the All Progressive Congress (APC) won the election and the opposition was overconfident, complacent and deployed bad tactics.
The LP noted that the President’s statement was another desperate attempt by the ruling party to seek validation for the electoral fraud which it now celebrates as victory.
“We want to point it out clearly to President Muhammadu Buhari that his position on the outcome of the said election was untrue, and it is not a true reflection of what played out during the election.
“There are several reasons why opposition political parties lost the 2023 election; the first is that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC snubbed the electoral act wherein it failed to upload the result from the polling unit in real time as promised and in disregard to the laws guiding the election. The INEC by so doing, created room for that election to be rigged.
“Again, the current APC president elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu didn’t win the election, because the said election, particularly, the presidential election was manipulated and rigged beyond comprehension.
“So, political parties didn’t loose election because of over confidence or complacency as proffered by Mr. President, APC in collaboration with the various government agencies simply rigged the election and rigged themselves into power.
“Let me remind Mr. President of the magnitude of violence, ballot snuffing, snatching and manipulations of result from the collation centres using security agencies, which included police, army amongst others as well as thugs to manipulate elections in favour of the ruling party.” Acting National Publicity Secretary of the LP Obiora Ifoh stated in a signed statement.
“The 2023 general election is the worst election the country ever had since the current republic; since 1999 to date. The 2023 general election is the worst ever as reported by virtually all the international observers and communities.
“In fact, the election took Nigeria back to the days of First and Second republics where political thugs, where violence and thuggery characterised politics and election.
“So Mr. President is completely wrong. I believe that he was ill advised. It was erroneous for him to say that opposition parties lost election because of over confidence.
Ifoh insisted that “Labour Party won the election but it was brazenly stolen by APC. Mr. President is aware of the fact that APC did not win the election and that it was stolen.”
Akowe with reports from Abuja