The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration to seek reelection in 2019 was in exercise of his constitutional rights.
This is contained in a statement by a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Union, Issa Aremu.
“President Muhammadu Buhari’s intention to seek re-election in 2019 is largely a constitutional matter. For us in the labour movement, 1999 Constitution of Nigeria allows for two term tenure for the President if elected. Same for governors and open ended for legislators.
“President Muhammadu Buhari certainly has the right under the 1999 Constitution to seek re-election for second term in office. Same Constitution allows all eligible citizens to exercise their rights to vote and be voted for. The controversy over why the President is contesting or not is therefore unnecessary. He has that right for reelection,” Aremu stated.
He however said that the labour would also exercise its constitutional rights by voting based on the assessment of the performance of political office holders.
“What is also clear is that Labour will also exercise its constitutional rights to vote based on critical assessment of all political office holders with respect to decent work, decent pay, employment, cost of living, security and building of a prosperous, fair, just and united Nigeria,” he added.