Nigeria Labour Congress elections marred by violence

The elections for a new president and executives of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC was stalled as aggrieved parties destroyed ballot boxes preventing votes from being counted.

Some delegates accused the credentials committee of fraud in the production of the ballot papers.

Hours into the voting process, the delegates of the Electricity Workers Union of Nigeria, cried foul saying they had detected multiple names of some contestants on the ballot papers.

Some aspirants expressed their disappointment with the conduct of members, which led to the suspension of elections

Labour leaders have now reconvened at the NLC headquarters in the Central Business District of Abuja for a meeting, scheduled for 1 p.m., aimed at resolving the logjam.

Meanwhile, the outgoing leadership of the congress which was not dissolved before the commencement of the voting process, has called for an emergency meeting of the National Administrative Council, to deliberate on the crisis and resolve it.

Peter Ozo-Eson, the General Secretary of the NLC and convener of the NAC meeting, told NAN that issues arising from the inconclusive election would be discussed.

Three candidates had put themselves forward to be elected as President Waheed Omar's successor.

They are the General Secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees, Joe Ajaero; the National President of the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Igwe Achese; and National President of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria Ayuba Wabba.

For the three deputy president positions, the Non Academic Staff Union is putting forward its General Secretary, Peter Adeyemi, while the General Secretary, National Union of Textiles, Issa Aremu, is contesting unopposed, along with the National President, Nigeria Civil Service Union, Kiri Mohammed.

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