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Maritime chief withdraws from NLC chairmanship race

13 March 2015, 13:14

Lagos - The President of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Anthony Nted, on Thursday announced his withdrawal from the rescheduled NLC chairmanship election.

Nted, who is also the Vice-President of the NLC, said that he did not want his name or his union to be associated with illegalities going on in the name of election.

Meanwhile, another Vice-President of the NLC, Issa Aremu, has re-entered the race to vie for the position of Deputy President.

It will be recalled that Aremu withdrew from the election at the 11th delegates' conference, citing serious infractions in basic conference business procedures.

He said that his re-entry into the race was informed by the need to show understanding, peace and accommodation in the interest of Nigerian workers.

Also read: NLC delegates destroy ballot boxes

Aremu said that stakeholders had stepped into issues causing crisis in the NLC and that substantial part of the anomalies had been corrected.

Meanwhile, hundreds of workers staged a protest over what they called injustice in the nomination of delegates to the election, billed to hold today in Abuja.

Nted condemned the circumstances that led to the botched election last month, saying that the NLC had degenerated to a body where ethnic, tribal and selfish interests were foisted on members.

He expressed fears that the NLC was about to be taken over by unpatriotic people, wondering what example would labour leaders would show to politicians and other people.


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