National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, has denied a story credited to the labour body calling on President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, to resign from office over of his arraignment by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Wabba told newsmen in Abuja that the NLC, though fighting corruption, believes in the rule of law.
According to the NLC President, as a law abiding institution, the labour movement believes in the rule of law and due process.
He said: “The NLC believes in the rule of law and we believe that whatever is right should be done. By our laws, the mere alleging that somebody has committed an offense, does not amount to guilt. By our laws, a person’s guilty can only be pronounced by a court of law.
“To me that would be following due process and the rule of law than to midway begin to make pronouncement and criminalize people. I think what is right should be done rightly.
“I think those statements cannot be credited to us. You can consult the people that have issued those statements but certainly they are not from us.
We believe in due process, we believe in the rule of law. “We are championing the war against corruption we also believe that we should follow due process in whatever we want to do. People should not be stampeded into making pronouncements on behalf of the NLC.
“We have to give the tribunal time to do its work. If at the end he is found guilty, then, we can stand on that and ask him to resign, not the other way round”, he said.
The NLC President said that the labour movement had well defined channels of making public comments on national issues, while also stating that the person who purportedly spoke on behalf of the union is not known to the congress.