The Peoples Democratic Party and the Congress for Progressive Change have said the impending takeover of the Labour Party by the Nigeria Labour Congress would pose no threat to them.
Last week, the NLC expressed its readiness to fully assume ownership of the LP ahead of the 2015 general elections in the country, on the grounds that some politicians in the party could no longer guarantee workers’ rights and protection.
The union said it had sent out its technocrats across the 36 states to scout for seasoned and labour-friendly politicians in preparation for the general elections.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, however, told SUNDAY PUNCH that given NLC’s ability to get the masses on its side, the NLC-controlled LP could be a threat to the PDP in some states but not at the national level.
Metuh said, “If the NLC is able to take over the Labour Party if they and organise themselves as they have said, it may become a formidable party and may be a threat to PDP in some states. But when it comes to the federal level, it will be no match for PDP.
“But we are happy with such developments because it would help develop our democracy. There should be more options for Nigerians. A system where one party is in charge everywhere is not good. This will also make our elected officials to sit up and deliver on their promises to the people.”
The National Publicity Secretary of the CPC, Rotimi Fasakin, however, said the present leadership of the labour union lacked the ability to rally the masses. Fasakin said, “The way labour is now, I don’t think their taking over the Labour Party would be a threat to anybody.
"The way they compromised and truncated the popular protest against the removal of fuel subsidy in January made the people lose confidence in them. Now they cannot really rally the masses. And politics is about the support of the people. So, if labour is now coming into politics through the Labour Party, I don’t see them succeeding or being a threat, in anyway, to the CPC in 2015.”