By Funmi Komolafe & Victor Ahiuma- Young
It’s a season of elections not just for politicians but for labour bureaucrats and aristocrats as well.It time to have an election for officers of the Nigeria Labour Congress ( NLC). The which election is usually on delegate basis from all industrial unions affiliated to the central labour organisation is scheduled to hold in Abuja from March 1- 3, 2011. So, who are the contestants? The contestants became known last week with the close of submission of nomination forms.
There are eight positions to be contested but two would be declared unopposed in accordance with the constitution of the Nigeria Labour Congress essentially because only the incumbents have filed nomination forms to contest the particular post.
Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar was first elected president of the NLC in February 2007. He took over from Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and was a deputy president in the Oshiomhole led executive as well as president of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, an NLC affiliate with more members than other unions.
As at the close of nomination only Abdulwaheed Omar, nominated by the NUT has filled in paper for the post of NLC president.
For the posts of deputy presidents, there are three seats to be contested but four contestants have submitted nomination forms. The contestants include two incumbents, Peters Adeyemi, General Secretary of the Non- Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU, and Promise Adewusi, president of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU.
The two new entrants are, Joseph Ajaero, General Secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, and Kiri Mohmammed Shuaibu of the Nigeria Civil Service Union; another union with a high number of members. Kiri as he is popularly called, is the current President of the Nigeria Civil Service Union, NCSU. An election would determine which three would be deputy president of NLC.
Also to be contested, is the post of Vice President. The five contestants for the four seats of VP are, Lateef Oyelekan, President of the National Union of Food, Beverage and Tobacco Employees,NUFBTE, Issa Aremu, General Secretary of the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers, NUTGTWN. Comrade Aremu is an incumbent Vice- President. The other contestants are, Emmanuel Ajoku, President of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporation and Recreational Employees, AUPCTRE, Anthony Nted, President- General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, and Lawal Hussaini president of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives.
For Ayuba Wabba, current National Treasurer who is seeking re-election, there is no contest. Wabba’s post is being contested by himself alone. Therefore barring unforseen circumstances, Wabba is expected to be elected unopposed and retain his seat as Treasurer of the NLC.
However, there are three contestants for the post of Deputy Treasurer. They are Leke Success of the National Union of Hotel and Personal Service Workers, K.S. Ogbaloy, of the National Union of Shop and Distributive Employees and Boniface A. Isok of the National Union of Footwear, Leather, Rubber and Non-Mettalic Employees .
There are two candidates for the post of Trustee. They are, Ola Olusegun, General Secretary of the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institution Employees, NUBIFIE, and Achese Igwe , President of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG. Only one person would be elected for this post.
Four others are vying for the three posts of auditors. They are Alhassan Sunday of the National Union of Posts and Telecommunications Employees, NUPTE, Danjuma Kunini of the National Union of Printing and Publishing Workers, Abdullahi Bungudu of the Agriculture and Allied Workers Union and Samuel Adeoye president of the National Union of Civil Enginering, Construction, Furniture and Wood workers, NUCECFWW.
Only the post of two ex-officio members is being contested by three women.
They are, Coretta Balogun of the Radio, Theatre and Television Workers Union. Coretta is an incumbent trustee. Amina Danesi of Association of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institution ( ASSBIFI) and Sarah Gana of the National Union of Secretaries, Stenographers .
All the candidates have been cleared by the election committee for the 10th delegates conference which has Mrs. Ladi Iliya as chairperson and Barrister Emma Ugboaja as secretary.