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The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has asked Nigerians masses and civil to ignore the labour unions and protest against the increment of pump price of petrol.

The CNPP in a statement issued on Tuesday, which was jointly signed by its national chairman, Alhaji Balarabe Musa and the secretary general, Chief Willy Ezugwu, also accused both the federal government and the labour unions of insincerity in the matter.

The statement made available to reads: “We are taken aback that the federal government could hurriedly obtain a judgment from the Industrial Court, with readiness to enforce same overnight while the government is yet to obey many other court orders against it.

“For instance, the PRP was deregistered as a political party by the Indepedent National Electoral commission (INEC) and a court of competent jurisdiction ordered its re-registration but the INEC is yet to obey the order.

“Today, the federal government selects which court judgment to obey and the ones against it are discountenanced.
“We reiterate our call on all well-meaning Nigerians and the civil society to ignore the Labour unions and protest against the unjustifiable pump price increment in their numbers.”

The group believes that the federal government worked hand-in-hand with the labour unions to put Nigerians in a tight corner concerning the proposed industrial action.

The statement reads further: “The CNPP suspects that the Industrial Court judgment was obtained the federal government in conivance with the labour unions to ambush the Nigerian masses and deny them their constitutional rights to hold opinion, freedom of expression and association.

“Recall that the CNPP had earlier warned Nigerian people to ignore the Labour unions because our findings showed that they have been compromised and would eventually betray Nigerians as they did in 2012.

“The orderof the Industrial Court stopping the unions’ planned strike puts a question mark on the sincerity of both the labour unions and the feral government.

“But the government and the unions must be made aware that the Nigerian people are unstoppable despite their glaring conspiracy against the wishes of the people.”

Meanwhile, the NLC and its sister bodies may have concluded on embarking on the industrial action regardless of what the court injunction stipulates.

According to a source who spoke with Vanguard after a meeting between NLC and TUC, the workers were more infuriated by the injunction and are presently mobilising their members to ensure that Wednesday’s strike action is supported by its members.
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