NLC regrets election crisis, to organize fresh polls

NLC President, Abdulwaheed Omar

The National Executive Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress will meet Wednesday to consider ways of resolving the crisis over the election of its new leaders.

The 11th National Delegates Conference of the central labour group, which was expected to culminate in the election of a new National President and other members of the NEC, ended abruptly in Abuja after voting was disrupted by angry delegates.

The delegates had accused the Credentials Committee of certain decisions they considered “manipulative and fraudulent”, capable of conferring undue advantage on some candidates.

The aggrieved delegates stormed the International Conference Centre venue of the conference when the election was half-way through, to cart away and destroy the ballot boxes and other materials, forcing further proceedings to a halt.

However, the Congress at the end of its National Administrative Council meeting convened immediately after the crisis, expressed regrets at the “error” by the Credential Committee, which led to the impasse.

According to the General Secretary of the Congress, Peter Ozo-Eson, the council meeting, which lasted till the early hours of the morning of Friday, resolved to swiftly work out ways to ensure that fresh polls were held in the near future.

“The National Administrative Council of the Congress resolved to convene a meeting of the National Executive Council on Wednesday, February 18, for the purpose of fixing a new date to take the vote,” Mr. Ozo-Eson said.

Though he was not forthcoming with the details of what the NEC was planning, a senior official of the Congress said even if it would take something similar to the “Doctrine of Necessity” that was adopted to the resolve the political crisis in 2010, they would not shy away from it.

“The ultimate goal is to ensure that the crisis is resolved before the expiration of the legal tenure of the present executive in March,” the official said.

Describing the disruption of the poll as “painful and unfortunate”, Mr. Ozo-Eson said the entire Congress is “determined to work with all those concerned and the organs and friends of Congress to find a way to resolve the impasse as quickly as possible and without the current leadership exceeding the constitutionally mandated time limit of four years.”

He blamed the entire crisis on “a printing error” spotted on some of ballot papers used for the election, which had duplication of the serial numbers and names of some candidate.

The error, he said, affected only four candidates, two each from opposing camps.

According to him, the degree of the error identified on the ballot papers was so insignificant that it could have been resolved amicably by way of vote invalidation without the aggrieved delegates disrupting the entire poll.

While appealing to members of the Congress to be calm and vigilant, Mr. Ozo-Eson said all must come together to ensure that the important aspect of what was considered the biggest delegates conference in the history of the Congress was completed amicably.

Before the stalemate, the conference, which began on February 8, was virtually coasting home with most of the key reports, including finance, secretariat, motions and constitution review committees, adopted.

With the NEC yet to be dissolved before the stalemate, a senior official of the Congress said the constitution still allowed it till end of March to remain in office.

In the circumstance, the official, who asked that his identity be protected, as he does not have the authority to speak on the issue, said the Congress would be under pressure to ensure that the aborted election was rescheduled in the next two to three weeks, to avoid a clash with the forthcoming national elections.

About 3,119 delegates from 43 affiliate unions of the Congress attended the four-day conference.


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  • Awarawa

    And these bunch of corrupt labour men would bad-mouth GEJ….

  • BlackieUmukoro

    A failed NLC further shattered by the monumental mortgage fraud perpetrated by its leadership. But it is not strange that all the vociferous civil groups and opportunistic opposition gang ups are maintaining a selective amnesia because they are all on the same page of pointing out the dust on other people, and ignoring the permanent stain on them.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Not to worry, NLC. It is the way of your APC ally. The next time any NLC member demands free and fair polls, they should be shot dead.

  • Lily

    Thank you for articulating so brilliantly what many Nigerians think. I don’t understand how we put leaders, without vision and duty of care to its people, in power. Buhari has failed Nigerians.He will go down the history of Nigeria as one of the most clueless leaders. No positive impact whatsoever, no attempt to bring Nigerians together, no clue! No clue! His silence to issues, not only about his health, is a total disregard and disrespect to the people of Nigeria that put him in power.
    We need a revolution! Get rid of all these termites eating deep into every fibre of the good in Nigeria.

    • Iskacountryman

      okey ndibe was one of his most ardent supporters…

      • Gary

        …Along with whole gang of suborned reporters and columnists/writers on Sahara Reporters. They elevated Buhari above the Pope and almost to the status of Jesus Christ.
        Now they are all ducking for cover and tiptoeing around the fact that they sold the people a pig in a poke.

  • obiora

    But he said it will be only ten days. How many days now?

    • Iskacountryman

      there is fuel and vegetable shortage in britain…didnt you hear…how do you expect buhari to fly home?…

  • Iskacountryman

    okey my man…you wanted change…change we have provided…please stop bothering us with your incessant whining…

  • thusspokez

    The so-called source, the “Metro,” was a brutish clone of a venerable British press.

    Tut tut tut! Some of you Nigerians are so ignorant about almost everything. And this include the author, Okey Ndibe. Further, others would have fall back on their critical thinking skills to arrive at a better conclusion. Sadly, most Nigerians also lack critical thinking.

    OK, set aside ignorance and void in critical thinking skill, Okey Ndibe is a journalist of sort, so one would expect him to do fact-check of the sources of the news online, but sadly, he failed again — that is three failures. So what next? Being a Nigerian, he resorted to insulting a British newspaper that has nothing to do with the fake news.

    There the author was in London — presumably, he is familiar with the UK and the UK press — but ignored that fact that UK papers are very professional and wouldn’t publish such outrageous nonsense which is of little news value to its UK readers; and which would have cost the paper the wrath of the UK Press Complaints Commission. With the greatest respect, this is first-class mumu-ism from a member of the so-called Nigerian intelligentsia.

    The British Metro newspaper is on metro .cocom not the fake website metro -ukcom which reported Buhari’s demise.

    My guess is that that report is the work of an Igbo person of biafra persuasion because I have come across many similar fakes news and able to trace them to webiste linked to supporters of biafra.

    Details about the fake metro -ukcom
    Domain Created: 2016-10-25
    Country of Origin: United States
    Server Location: Scottsdale, Arizona 85260, United States

    Daily Unique Visitors: 21
    Monthly unique Visitors: 630
    Income Per Day: $75
    Income per month: $2,250

    The owner of the website is using a service to hide their identity as scam sites often do.

    Country Percent of Visitors Rank in Country
    Nigeria 68.7% 1,663
    United States 5.5% 331,400
    Norway 3.8% 17,275
    Malawi 3.0% 1,055
    United Kingdom 2.7% 205,043

    A major UK newspaper with just 2.7% readership and Alexa world ranking of 205,043?