Ballot Boxes Hijacked and Shattered by NLC Delegates

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.

Over 3 000 delegates commenced voting on Thursday as the General Secretary of National Union of Electricity Employees, Joe Ajaero and the President of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Wabba Ayuba, presented themselves for election to replace Adbulwaheed Omar.

With the outcome of the delegates conference, the NLC appears to be heading for a major division.


Buhari is Tinubu’s candidate, North will decide its own in 2019 — Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Mohammadu Buhari, would not win the next month presidential election.

The governor said Buhari was ‘handpicked’ by Tinubu and would not get the support of the Northern Nigeria at the polls in February.

He called on those clamouring for shift of power to wait until 2019 after Jonathan had completed his tenure.

 Fayose, who said four years was not too much for the North to wait for the return of the presidency to the region, added that “the unity and stability of the country should be paramount and no Nigerian must be made to see himself or herself as inferior to others as a result of tribal or religious inclination”.

The governor described Buhari as Tinubu’s stooge, saying; “Buhari has already handed over his presidency to Tinubu, his financier by going cap in hands, begging him (Tinubu) to nominate his running mate.

“By 2019, the presidency will go to the North, and it will be the choice of the leaders and stakeholders in the region to choose whoever they want among the arrays of patriotic Nigerians that abound in the region.

 “As it is today, Buhari that is going about presenting himself as representing the North is just a mere stooge of Tinubu, and I am sure Northern leaders will not want Tinubu to use their slot by proxy.
 “That Buhari is not the candidate of the leaders of the Northern Nigeria was made manifest during the APC presidential primaries, when Northern delegates gave their votes to Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, with Buhari getting his own delegate votes from South-West, South-South, South-East and part of North-Central.”

“The North-West delegates voted for Kwankwaso while those from the North-East voted for Atiku, meaning that Buhari was imposed on the North as their candidate by delegates controlled by Tinubu and it was in appreciation of this that Buhari gave Tinubu the sole responsibility of picking his (Buhari) running mate, a ticket Tinubu tried to give to himself but failed and ultimately conceded to Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Tinubu’s surrogate”.