NLC: 1 union, 2 presidents, as faction elects Ajaero
The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC now has a parallel leadership, as Comrade Joe Ajaero emerged president of the 23 aggrieved affiliates of the Congress, in an election held in Lagos Thursday. The Ajaero-led group had earlier scheduled a special delegates’ conference for this weekend, but had to hold the conference yesterday because of what organizers described as exigencies of the time. Two Deputy Presidents were equally elected. They are Comrades Igwe Achese and Issa Aremu of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, and National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN.
It will be recalled that Comrade Ayuba Wabba of the Medical and Health Workers of Nigeria, MHWUN, was last Saturday, declared winner of the rescheduled election of NLC, in Abuja, which the 23 affiliated unions rejected, claiming that it was manipulated to ensure that certain individuals were elected. Among others elected into various positions were, Comrade Kasumu Kadiri of the Steel and Engineering Workers Union of Nigeria, SEWUN, Kelly Ogbaloi of National Union of Shop and Distributive Employees, NUSDE, and Yashi Yahaya of National Union of Civil Service Secretariat and Stenographic as Vice President. Chairman of the five-man special Delegates Conference Committee, Comrade Peter Balogun, told the delegates that as at the time of the meeting all nominated positions were unopposed following a motion that was moved and seconded for confirmation of all the nominated officers as duly elected. With the new development, Wabba currently leads 18 of the 43 NLC affiliates while Ajaero of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) now leads about 23 affiliates. Two unions, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN and Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, can be said to be neutral as at now.
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