The election to choose a new president for the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) may have produced a winner, in the person of Ayuba Waba, but the crisis in the union is far from over, as other union leaders who lost to Waba have rejected him as their leader, and vowed to form a parallel union of their own.
The aggrieved leaders made this pronunciation after in a crucial meeting to determine their next line of action, to which they announced that they are withholding allegiance to NLC, as to be led by Waba
Waba, president of the Medical and Health Workers Union, MHWUN and immediate past Treasurer of NLC, Ayuba Waba was on Saturday morning declared new president of the Congress, amid protest by some of the contestants including, Comrade Joe Ajaero of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE).
Other labour leaders that rejected the election results included two Deputy Presidential candidates, Comrades Isa Aremu and Igwe Achese among others.
They opined that the election was skewed to favour some candidates so as to cover acts of fraud in the body, and that some delegates from the South South and South East were disenfranchised to favour other ‘anointed’ candidates.
The retuning officer and pioneer General Secretary of NLC, Dangiwar Aliyu while announcing the results, declared that Waba pulled 1, 695 votes of the 3115 votes to defeat his main rival, Ajero who polled 1,140 votes.
3119 delegates from 43 affiliate unions of the NLC were accredited for the election.
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