By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu
The National President of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Ambali Akeem Olatunji, last Tuesday visited Anambra State, where he affirmed Comrade Adigwe Chikwelu, as the authentic President of NULGE in Anambra State.
Olatunji who passed a vote of confidence on Chikwelu while addressing the members of the State Executive Council of NULGE at its Secretariat, Awka, said they were pleased with what he (Chikwelu) had done in the state, asking those fomenting trouble to wait for election time to test their popularity.
According to the National President, he was in Anambra State to bring about lasting peace and as well inform all those interested in vying for one position or the other to get prepared, adding that local government area elections would take place within 21 days, beginning from the day of his visit.
Olatunji stated that Chikwelu’s performance had endeared him to the national leadership and should be encouraged and supported, noting that anyone who was squaring up against him should allow him to carry on with his good work, even as he wondered why people should not respect a constituted authority and also follow strictly the constitutional provisions guiding the Union.
The NULGE National President, while chastising members, announced that forms for the election at all levels were free of charge, saying that it was made free to enable everyone to contest any position of their choice.
‘Those who are moving from one court to another should wait for the outcome of the judgement of the Court of Appeal. A case is pending in law court; they should comport themselves and stop disturbing the peace of NULGE, Anambra State.
It is wrong to be fighting a lost battle. Chikwelu is my number one in Anambra State. We are pleased with him. He is the only recognized NULGE President in Anambra State. We have no other person except him. Those angling to replace or dethrone him should wait for the day of election and test their popularity. A level playing ground will be given to all the contestants,’ Olatunji concluded.
On the issue of subsidy removable, Comrade Olatunji, who doubles as the National Treasurer of NLC, said they were totally in support of the decision of the Organized Labour, saying that the Tinubu led Federal Government was insensitive to the plights of poor Nigerians.
‘This is wickedness; removing subsidy without a corresponding value in terms of adequate palliative to cushion the effects on the suffering masses. What is 8,000 Naira? What can the money do for a poor Nigerian family? Is this not man’s inhumanity to man?’ he queried.
Olatunji urged the Federal Government to expose all those behind the subsidy heist and ensure that they refunded all the billions they siphoned.
‘Nigerians want to know these faceless and heartless individuals who have been milking us dry. We want to know them. The president should use his good offices and fish them out,’ he said.