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NLC crisis: Court to hear suit next month

By Onozure Dania

Lagos—A faction of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, led by George Kaiserye and Tubotamuno Alalibo in the ongoing crisis in the union, has told the National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos,  that effort to settle out of court in the suit challenging Wabba Ayuba’s eligibility to contest election as President of NLC, has proved abortive.

NLC-Rally--13Ayuba was elected as NLC President on March 14, 2015 in Abuja, but his election was not recognised by 23 of the 43 affiliated workers’ union, thereby spitting the congress into two factions.

Two members of the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria, MHWUN, Akuku-Toru and Degema Local Government Areas branches, Rivers State,  Kaiserye and Alalibo, who instituted the suit against Ayuba, told the court that the NLC president had failed to attend any settlement meeting in person.

“We are not against settlement,” Kaiserye said.

Kaiserye, Alalibo and MHWUN Akuku-Toru and Degema LG branches, as first to fourth defendants, are asking the court to determine among others whether by virtue of rules 6(c) and 7(x) of the constitution of the NLC, Ayuba’s term of office as president of the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria had not lapsed in March 2013, two years before he put himself up for nomination, contested and won the election that brought him into office as NLC president.

The applicants are praying the court for an order, restraining Ayuba from further parading himself or continuing to act as president of the NLC.                                                                        Co-defendants in the suit are MHWUN, NLC, Minister of Employment, Labour and Productivity and Registrar of Trade Unions.

The claimants are also asking the court to declare that, having completed his tenure as president of the second defendant since March 2013, it was unlawful for the third to fifth defendants to continue to deal with, relate with or recognise the first defendant as president of the second defendant.

The claimants’ through their counsel Mr. Sola Iji asked the court for time to file for a subpoena order against Silas Adamu, acting Secretary-General of MHWUN, and Mrs. Nwanyieze Mbogu, the Registrar of Trade Unions.

The trial judge, and President of the National Industrial Court, Justice Babatunde Adejumo, granted the claimants counsel’s request for an extension of time to enable the applicants reply to the counter affidavit and written addresses and adjourned further hearing till February 16, 2016.



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