The President of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Festus Osifo, asserted, “Adams Oshiomhole is engaged in national politics and may lack adequate information on the ongoing strike called by organised labour.” Osifo made this statement during an interview on Channels Television, emphasizing that Oshiomhole, representing Edo North in the Senate, based his comments on information received from the presidential villa.

In a press briefing at the presidential villa, the former Edo governor suggested that the ongoing strike is politically motivated and urged organised labour to prioritize workers’ rights over political engagements. Osifo countered this perspective, noting that Oshiomhole, a former president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), should have consulted union leaders for accurate information.

Osifo clarified that Joe Ajaero, president of the NLC, did not travel to Imo state on November 1 for political reasons. He stated, “Our senior comrade, Adams Oshiomhole, is giving an opinion based on the information he has. Today, he is a senator who is busy with national politics. I think he does not have sufficient information, maybe later we will give him as much information as possible, once he reaches out.” Osifo urged Oshiomhole to engage with labour leaders to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of the situation.

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