By Victor Ahiuma-Young
MARITIME Workers Union of Nigeria, MWUN, weekend described as unacceptable and a shame the crisis rocking the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, following disagreement over the outcomes of March 12 rescheduled election in Abuja.
In a statement by the President-General of MWUN, Comrade Emmanuel Tony Nted, the union said it was sad that the desperation of some individuals had reduced the Congress to a laughing stock both locally and internationally.
The union noted that it had been vindicated when its President-General, on the eve of the rescheduled election withdrew from the race because the election had been reduced to ethnic, tribal and sectional contest by those who wished the movement no good.
According to the statement, “today the movement has been taken over by thugs and irresponsible individuals who do not understand what it means to be addressed as comrades. While we are not going to side either of the factions, we insist that the movement is greater than any individual or groups. We will remain neutral as Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria until this crisis is resolved.
”Like we said on March 11, while we were withdrawing from the contest, we said we did not want to be associated with what is happening now because it is a shame. We have been vindicated. ”There are allegations of manipulation of the election to favour some individuals and we are just going about as if nothing has happened. These are things not associated with labour in general and NLC in particular.