NLC election disrupted as aggrieved parties hijack, destroy ballot boxes

The 11th National Delegates Conference of the Nigeria Labour Congress was on Thursday abruptly disrupted as aggrieved parties hijack, and smash ballot boxes being used to elect incoming leaders of the organisation, the News Agency of Nigeria is reporting.

The International Conference Centre’s venue of the conference was thrown into confusion as delegates ran for dear lives after some aggrieved contestants and their supporters suddenly became violent, hijacking and destroying ballot boxes even while voting was still underway.

The Conference, which began Tuesday, was organised to elect new leaders for the country’s central labour union following the expiration of tenure of the current executives.

It is not clear yet how the event, which had been peaceful since it began suddenly descended into crisis, but the election for the President of the Union had created tension among delegates and split them along partisan lines.

After the disruption, the police took over the venue and delegates were sent away, ostensibly to protect the facility from being vandalised.

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.

As at the time of filling this report, the NAC meeting is still ongoing at the NLC headquarters

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the NLC would also hold immediately after the NAC meeting with a view to implementing the decisions reached.

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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  • GbemigaO

    They know how to blame Jonathan!

  • Joe

    I believe that the “clueless” GEJ is responsible for the election fiasco of NLC! LO|

    • Comrade Cliff

      I regret seeing someone bearing my name so myopic in thinking

      • Emancipation

        Ban that name

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Buhari and Oshiomhole were guests of the NLC yesterday. Buhari must have remotely transferred his violent and unruly tendencies to NLC when he visited. Certificate-less, senile, illiterate master forger and perjurer Buhari is an animal. NLC copied his animalistic impulses.

    • tundemash

      Omo ole Orafidiya ,

      Buhari and Osho probably slept with your mother hence your obsession with them !

    • Jika

      I remember also seeing Anyim Pius Anyim there representing his boss.That may be the reason why a chaos was instigated to enable the election to be postponed for ‘security’ reasons.

    • Neano

      Not everything is about APC or PDP or whatever!

    • Sani

      You forgot to say a word about Anyim Pius Anyim? He was there too.

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        Anyim Pius Anyim is a gentle giant.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    And, to think that this same NLC has been advocating for free, fair, violence-free and transparently credible elections!!! We black people are just irredeemable animals.

    • Oweja

      Count me out Dekunle, I’m not an animal!

  • taiwo

    APC exporting violence everywhere they go,now their plot to install a lackey as the NLC president for the purposes of organising protests when they eventually lose the march 28 polls are being rejected by the people.The ultimate rejection will come on election day,Nigerians are tired of all these unwarranted blood shed and violence on our people just to promote the selfish ambitions of a tiny clique of power crazy people(Buhari,Obj,Tinubu)

    • Neano

      FOR THE SAKE OF EVERYTHING GOOD, STAY ON THE POINT! Not everything is about APC or PDP or whatever!



  • Man_Enough

    the culture of impunity enshrined by the pdp government is making criminals bolder by the day. anybody can take the laws into their hands and go scott free. instead of arresting the culprits, we are told that the police only took over the venue and left the vandals alone.


    This inability of Nigerians to peacefully organize and complete any election is like a disease

  • Comfortkay

    What is the significant of the Nigerian Labour Congress towards Nigerian workers? Nothing Why is power a sickness in Nigeria? There is no place with democratic value.

  • UYI111

    That is where corruption begins NLC !!!!!! from oshomonle time till date the more noise blackmail you make and treatens you dish out the more money that flows for sharing for cool temper !dont think they are actually fighting for Nigerian workers down there ?

  • obiora

    This writer wanted to cally his Terrorist idea to America. When did Muslim become a country that America or Trump will recognize them as a Country. If you want to be America it is good for you but if do not want because of Musilm or Islam you can leave America.What people should be asking is Why Arabs counties are treating their Religion as Government.