The Bayelsa State Political Commission of the Organized Labour comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) also known as the Workers Political Movement (WPM) has passed a “Vote of No Confidence” on Mr Eneye Zidougha, the acting Chairman of the Labour Party (LP) of Bayelsa State.
The group made the resolution in a meeting held on Monday, January 2nd, 2023 in Yenagoa, the State capital.
In a statement by the Chairman of WPM, Comrade John Angese and the Secretary, Comrade David Emiebor, the group accused the party chairman of running the affairs of the party like a personal empire without recourse to the party executive.
Other allegations include non-disclosure of donations by individuals for programmes and projects and the questionable disbursement of funds that led to some unpleasant and embarrassing conduct before the party’s flag bearer at the Ox-Bow Lake Pavilion during the State rally.
WPM also viewed as insulting and undermining, the Party Chairman’s stance of not recognizing the group which represents the Organized Labour at the rally despite its numerous contributions maintaining that the Organized Labour remains a critical stakeholder in the Labour Party that cannot be wished away.
This is evident in Zidougha’s refusal to appoint the Movement’s representative in the Campaign Council as done in all the States and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
The statement further noted that the Chairman has continued to undermine the inputs of the Organized Labour while taking critical decisions unilaterally, especially in the appointment of ward and Local Government officers who have displayed lack of wit for the task ahead.
Other allegations levelled against the party chairman include alleged trading with the party for pecuniary gains, creation of pseudo factions which has balkanized the various support groups in the State with the attendant lukewarm attitude witnessed at the State rally and high handedness in the discharge of his duties.
WPM has therefore appealed to the National leadership of the Party and the Organized Labour to take immediate action to replace the LP Acting Chairman and investigate the allegations of financial impropriety levelled against him to restore the confidence of party faithful who have toiled hard to grow the party in the State.
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