NLC Elections End In Fiasco

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Nigeria’s season of electoral anomie continued on Thursday, this time in the labour movement, as 11th quadrennial conference of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) ended in a fracas.
The ugly situation ensured in the course of voting in new leaders for the NLC, specifically at the turn of members of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) whose delegates raised the alarm on alleged irregularities on the ballot papers being used for the election, stressing that this was done to rig the election in favour of a candidate in the contest.
Consequently, delegates upturned ballot boxes, furniture and other handy materials at the International Conference Centre, Abuja venue of the conference. As chaos descended on proceedings, the police detailed to the conference ordered all delegates out.
Delegates who spoke with The Dream Daily outside the evacuated venue blamed the out-going leadership of the NLC for the turn of event. Efforts to reach officials of the out-going NLC executives proved abortive, even as The Dream Daily gathered that several meetings and consultations were on-going to address the turn of event in order to save the Labour Movement from opprobrium.
Also, the sceptre of the N2.5 billion NLC/Kriston Lally failed house project hung over the conference, which financial report the conference adopted anyway even as many delegates did not receive the document before it was passed at the event.
Reacting to the botched event, Secretary, Steel Workers Union of Nigeria (SEWUN), Comrade K. Kadiri, stated: It is a shame. The NLC, which is supposed to lead by example has perfected rigging for a particular candidate.”
Also, first General Secretary of the NLC, Aliyu Dangiwa said: “It is a shame; a big shame and I feel disappointed. Whoever caused this has done the worst for the Labour Movement. Whoever is responsible for this should be picked out by the Nigerian workers for appropriate action. He should be made to pay for this atrocity against the Labour Movement.”

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