National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appealed to the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to return to the negotiating table with the federal government in order to end the ongoing workers’ which began on Wednesday.
Tinubu made this appeal yesterday when he led a high-powered APC delegation to the Labour House, Abuja.
The former governor of Lagos State said he was at the Labour House on behalf of the ruling party to find a lasting solution to the disagreement between labour and the federal government over the recent hike in the price of petrol.
He enjoined the NLC leadership to suspend the strike in the best interest of the nation and trust the Buhari-led administration as one determined to put the country on the path of progress.
The APC leader said unlike the administration of Goodluck Jonathan, the Buhari-led government would ensure the judicious use of whatever revenue that accrues from the fuel hike to put the country on the path of development and progress in line with the APC’s change mantra.
NLC president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, said he would convey their peace-overtures to the appropriate organ of the congress, adding that the union’s leadership had never walked out of any peace meeting with the federal government reconciliation team as being alleged.
“What actually happened is that when we reached a deadlock, government said we should excuse them and they started this childish issue of divide and rule,” he said.
Wabba said out of its 43 affiliates, in spite of some aligning with government, it has 37, including NULGE with 774 local governments under its leadership and other big affiliates.
He said the NLC and the APC have the same objectives but different approach which needs to be harmonised.
Wabba however, decried the government`s attitude of meeting with one group in the morning and another in the night, saying it was meant to divide and rule the labour movement.
On the delegation of Tinubu were: Governor Rauf Aregbsola of Osun State, Senators Suleiman Hunkuyi, and Kabiru Marafa, former NLC president, Comrade Abdulwahid Omar, as well as Idi Faruk, a former director general, National Orientation.