The National Delegates Conference of the Nigeria Labour Conference ended disastrously as delegates were unsuccessful in their bid to elect a new leader for the foremost labour body.
The conference, which held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, saw delegates, who had converged to elect a new President to succeed the outgoing President of the congress, Mr. Abdulwahed Omar, engaged one another in fisticuffs and using the chairs at the venue as weapons to combat each other.
Trouble started deep into the election on Wednesday night when some discrepancies were observed in ballot papers that were used for the then seemingly peaceful elections.
Some of the delegates felt that the ballot papers were deliberately printed to facilitate the rigging of the election in favour of one of the candidates.
The candidates for the prestigious position of President of the NLC are the National President, Medical and Health Workers Union, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, who is also the National Treasurer of the NLC; the General Secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees, Mr. Joe Ajaero, who is also a Deputy President of the NLC; and the President, Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Mr. Achese Igwe.
According to the aggrieved unionists, some of the ballot papers had the name of Mr. Ayuba Wabba, in three places; others had the name of Mr. Joe Ajaero in two places; others had no name of Ajaero at all while some with the name of Ajaero had no serial number.