ADO-EKITI – The President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Abdulwaheed Omar, on Saturday warned against external forces who might interfere in the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State.
Omar issued the warning in Ado Ekiti when he led members of the Central Working Committee of the congress on a courtesy call on Gov Kayode Fayemi.
He said the people of the state must be allowed to make their free choice during the election.
The NLC president warned against rigging, saying the congress will continue to identify with leaders who performed creditably well while in office and keep the confidence the people reposed on them.
Omar said, “nobody can stop us from identifying with whoever we want.’’
“The congress decided to identify with Fayemi because he has done well by delivering more dividends of democracy to the people.’’
Omar prayed for peaceful election in the state, adding that a tour of the town showed that recent report of violence was exaggerated.
The NLC president said the people must be allowed to make their choice without any interference. “Ekiti people know what they want.’’
He described Fayemi as a performer who should be returned by popular votes.
An endorsement rally for Fayemi was held at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in the state capital.
The state chapter of the NLC led by its Ayodeji Aluko and his counterpart in the Trade Union Congress, Kolawole Olaiya organised the rally.
Fayemi praised NLC for campaigning against election violence, urging the congress to intensify their campaign for one man, one vote.
“We are appealing to the labour leaders to continue to canvass for one man, one vote, so that whoever wins or loses can accept the outcome of the election.”
He expressed confidence that the election would be peaceful in spite of the violence that had dogged the electioneering since March 23. (NAN)