Federal Government knows Maina’s location

The Labour Party, LP, has said that the Federal Government should tell Nigerians the whereabouts of former Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Abdulrasheed Maina.

The party said since Maina was recalled and reinstated by the Government, they must know where he was at the moment.

LP called on the government to arrest and prosecute him on allegations of corruption levelled against him without further delay.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, National Chairman of the Party, Dr Mike Omotoso, said “You will recall that Maina was sacked by the last administration and placed on Wanted List.

We are calling on the federal government to arrest and prosecute Maina if they know where he is.

Since they were the ones that brought him back and reinstated him, they should also bring him out now, arrest and prosecute him.”

At a news conference in Abuja, National Chairman of the Party, Dr Mike Omotoso assisted by the party spokeswoman, Barr. Ebere Ifendu and other officials, also declared that there was no crisis of leadership in the party.

They accused the former national chairman, Abdulkadir Abdulsalam of continued impersonation, saying he had since been suspended following serious allegations levelled against him by the party’s governorship candidate in Anambra.

“We want to correct some misconceptions about our party. There is no leadership tussle in our party. Our National Chairman is Dr Mike Omotoso”, said Ifendu.

She said the party had filed a formal complaint with the police who are currently investigating the disappearance of party property including a vehicle.

The party also berated some state governments for their inability or refusal to pay workers’ salary, describing the trend as anti-people and a modern form of slavery.

It, however, urged the federal government to launch an investigation into how the states governments utilized the budget support fund as well as the Paris Club Refund given to them by the federal government, aside from their federal allocation and internally generated revenue.

Mike Omotosho In As National Chairman

The crisis currently bedevilling the leadership of Labour Party (LP) entered another gear, Tuesday, as one of the factions convened a special convention that saw to the ouster of the party’s erstwhile national chairman, Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, and unanimously elected a former Abuja Rotary Club Governor, Mike Omotosho.

Chronicling the many ‘sins’ of the ousted party chairman, the party’chaise pity national chairman (south) and convention chairman, Comrade Calistus Okafor said the former chairman had contravened various sections of the constitution, embezzled party finances and arrogated undue powers to the office of the chairman as well as forgery.

However, mild drama ensued when the delegates in their hundreds led by the new factional chairman matched to the party’s house premises that the former chairman (Abdulsalam) sneaked out of the building.

Comrade Okafor, in his opening remarks at the convention also lamented that the party under its former chairman, Alh Salam, never held party meetings to agree on the way forward but rather enjoyed administering the party through executive fiat, a situation he said made other NWC members uncomfortable.

Okafor said: “Since 2015, Labour Party has never held meetings, even towns and associations hold meetings regularly. I usually feel ashamed when I watch TV and see the PDP, APC and other parties convening and holding meetings and we have nothing to show.

“Labour Party is supposed to be the mouthpiece of the people in a period when the ruling APC is having crisis of all sorts, PDP is having one corruption case or the other. The Leadership has however rendered our party useless.

“In the build-up to the 2015 general elections, the party generated a whopping sum of N1,344,047,000 (One Billion three hundred and forty-four million forty-seven thousand Naira only) all from the sales of expression of interest forms, nomination form and waivers to aspirants,”

Speaking with newsmen at the party national secretariat shortly after taking over, the new national chairman Rotarian Mike Omotosho, assured of a new beginning in the Labour Party.

Omotosho promised to bring back all the aggrieved members who had left the party due to the inefficient leadership style of the former national chairman.

When contacted by phone, the embattled Chairman described the faction as “inconsequential members of the party” adding that he had officially lodged a report with the police.

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