NLC, TUC back Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have declared their support for Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is seeking re-election as governor of Lagos.

The support is a snub to presidential candidate Peter Obi and others running on the platform of the Labour Party (LP), owned by the two labour unions.

At a rally in Lagos, Funmilayo Sessi, chairperson of the NLC chapter, Sanwo-Olu’s “good works” is the reason they want him re-elected.

“We made the decision before today but we only came out to display our solidarity with him publicly. What we have done right in our house, we are showing to the world,” Sese said.

“This is the first time the organised labour in Lagos is taking an open position to endorse the candidate of a political party. We have come out with our full chests because this government has done good things for us.

“We are also endorsing Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the position of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We will vote for him.”

Equally, Segun Balogun, who spoke on behalf of the Public Servants Joint Negotiating Council, said, “I can say it with all sense of responsibility, you (Sanwo-Olu) have kept your promise. You promised workers would not be sacked during Covid and you kept to that promise.”

“You have put your name in gold for being the first governor to pay above the minimum wage. Each time you engage labour, you always keep the interest of labour at the front burner.

“We have made up our minds to follow you.”

Gbenga Ekundayo, TUC chairman in the state, said the governor has “listening ears and a large heart to accommodate us”.

“There is no need to beat about the bush. You have heard it well. Each time we meet Mr. Governor, he responds to us. Democracy is about inclusion,” he said.


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