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NLC holds rescheduled election today

Nigerian workers, under the umbrella of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) will, today, go to the polls to elect executive members to pilot the affairs of the congress for the next four years, as the tenure of the incumbent president of the labour union, Abdulwaheed Omar, expires this month.

The congress failed to elect a new leadership on Thursday, February 12, as the electoral process to usher in the new executive members turned violent.

The democratic process, which would have produce the new president and other executive members of the congress, was marred by irregularities, which was alleged to have been orchestrated by the leadership of the NLC to favour the President of the Medical and Health Workers Union and the outgoing National Treasurer of the congress, Comrade Ayuba Wabba.

The disagreement, however, resulted in the hijacking of the ballot box and other election materials, thus throwing the venue of conference into confusion, as a result of the perceived injustice been done to Comrade Joe Ajaero, the strong contender in the election.

Prior to the election, the President of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Comrade Igwe Achese, had formally announced that his was stepping down to support Comrade Joe Ajaero.

Daily Times gathered that the alleged deliberate irregularities in the printing of the ballot papers sparked uproar among the delegates who felt cheated, thus resulting in the cancelling of the election which, at the time of the cancellation, had reached 80 percent completion.

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