LP re-elects Abure as national chairman despite NLC opposition

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Julius Abure has been re-elected as the national chairman of the Labour Party (LP).

Abure was re-elected on Wednesday at the party’s national convention held in Nnewi, Anambra state.

Ikechukwu Emetu, deputy governor of Abia state and chairman of the convention, declared Abure as the winner.

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The convention was attended by party chairmen from the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital territory (FCT), members of states and national assemblies as well as representatives from LGAs.

The re-election of Abure came a week after members of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) picketed the LP secretariat in Abuja.

The protesting NLC members demanded the postponement of the party’s national convention.

The labour body accused Abure of “financial rascality and contempt for the leadership of NLC”, and of “unilaterally trying to hold a national convention in contravention of the constitution of the party”.

The election of a new chairman to elect a new chairman was part of the convention’s agenda.

Others are the amendment of the party’s constitution and the dissolution of the national working committee (NWC).