BY ENYIM ENYIM
Sixteen trade unions in Anambra State have dissociated themselves from the just concluded election of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in the area on grounds of alleged manipulation and irregularities.
The unions include SANU, NULGE, AAWU, ISA, NUBIFE, NASU, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Mid- wifery, ASUU among others
The NLC election, which was earlier scheduled for April 6, could not hold because of alleged irregularities by the former executive, led by Anthony Ugozor, which allegedly sponsored the electoral panel that resulted in the demand for a caretaker committee to be set up by the national leadership of the union to conduct a credible and acceptable poll.
A statement by the state secretary of NULGE, Mr Andy Okoro, and made available to Vanguard Wednesday, said the unions boycotted the election because the dissolved Ugozor executive was bent on installing a new executive that would do its bidding.
The NULGE scribe said his union received the notice for the rescheduled election by the Ugozor group with shock because they had expected that there should have been a meeting of the unions before the election.
According to him, the notice for the election was given to his union and other unions under the NLC through text messages less than 24 hours within which period they could not mobilize their members.
“We of the NULGE were shocked yesterday when we received an election notice from the former NLC secretary, Mr Patrick Obianyo that there would be a fresh election of the NLC today,he said.
He said they did not participate in the election giving the short notice, saying that it was a deliberate attempt by the Ugozor group who had earlier secretly issued nomination forms to their members to short change other members.
Also speaking, the president of NULGE in the state, Mr Jerry Nnubia said they decided to boycott the NLC election when under 48 hours, the dissolved secretary and a chaimanship aspirant at the April 6, botched election sent text messages to some selected trade unions informing them of the rescheduled date for the NLC poll.
“One then wonders where he derived the authority to send such text messages being an aspirant and an officer whose tenure had expired”, he said.