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Joe Ajaero: Brutalisation by security personnel unacceptable, condemnable attack on Nigerian families –Achonu, Imo LP guber candidate

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Joe Ajaero: Brutalisation by security personnel unacceptable, condemnable attack on Nigerian families –Achonu, Imo LP guber candidate












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Senator Atan Nneji Achonu, the Labour Party candidate for the November 11 governorship election in Imo State, has condemned the Wednesday attack on Comrade Joe Ajaero, the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, in Owerri, the Imo State capital.


Addressing a press conference in Owerri on Saturday, November 4, 2023, Achonu stated: “I am here to address you all on some very important developments. Few days ago, the President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Joe Ajaero, was attacked and brutalised in the most inhuman form right here in Imo State. He was here to lead a peaceful protest over unpaid wages due to Imo State workers. He was beaten to stupor and allegedly abducted by security personnel. It is unimaginable that the leader of the Nigerian workers could be treated so.


“This is totally unacceptable and indeed very condemnable. Imolites are not known for this low level of intolerance and recklessness, hence every true citizen of Imo State, especially workers, must condemn this act.


“Globally, the labour movement has been in solid solidarity with workers whose many contributions to society are often undermined by governments, who refuse to fulfill their obligations to workers. No doubt, decent work is not just about the right to gainful employment but also about the right to earn decent wages, freedom of choice and equal opportunities.


“I vehemently condemn the attack on the President of the NLC. This is an attack on the nation, Nigerian workers and indeed the Nigerian families and democracy.”

He vowed that such ugly incident would never happen on Imo soil when becomes the governor.

On the forthcoming election, Achonu charge the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to “ensure they provide adequate security in all polling units and Collation Centres in Imo State so that no eligible voter is disenfranchised.


“It is no longer secret that there are reports (allegations) of APC perfecting plans to influence INEC Polling Officers and Ad Hoc Staff. We officially put INEC on notice that the APC is planning heavily to Influence the outcome of the election through compromised ad hoc staff and a few corrupt officials.


“In the last two weeks, video evidence in circulation shows that communities (Owerri West, Oguta, Okigwe, Ihitte Uboma, etc.) where APC leaders are harvesting details of Voter Cards. This is criminal and an attempt to subvert the will of the people. I call on INEC and security agents to be alert and checkmate these efforts at rigging the election and ensure that sensitive materials do not get into the wrong hands.


“It is important to restate that all collation should be done at the OFFICIAL DESIGNATED CENTRES. NOT LG Council headquarters. Specifically, Isiala Mbano INEC office was burnt down. So INEC should PUBLICLY announce a public primary school as collation centre for Isiala Mbano. This should also be the case in every other location with similar challenges.”


The Labour Party flag bearer made it clear that his party would resist any attempt to rig the election.


He said: “We will use all lawful means to resist any plan to collate results in any place other than officially designated locations at the ward level and at the local government level.


“We call on INEC to, as a matter of urgency, publish the polling centres where elections will not be held. This should be in the public knowledge.”


Achonu also condemned the efforts made by the state government to block other members of the public access to hotels in the Owerri metropolis, describing it as undemocratic and urged hotel owners to ignore the government directives.


“I condemn reported efforts by the government of Imo State to block accommodation in all hotels in Owerri. I call on all hotels to resist this anti-democratic, anti-people move. The government does not have any right to forcefully occupy any hotel.”


While calling on security agents to maintain order and neutrality on Election Day, Achonu encouraged Imo People to come en masse to vote.


“NDI IMO, THIS IS YOUR MOMENT. Let’s ensure that we come out to vote massively,” Achonu said, promising to protect the votes.

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