As Wabba steps down as president, the NLC settles on a consensus candidate

The Nigeria Labour Congress has agreed on a consensus candidate to succeed Comrade Ayuba Wabba, who is stepping down as president of Nigeria’s largest labor union.

Wabba was elected to two four-year terms. He was elected President of the NLC in 2015, following a contentious election.

To that aim, the union’s 13th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at the International Conference Centre Abuja.

Wabba’s first tenure as President of the NLC was hampered by a crisis caused by rival factions that ran in the election but lost.

It took the efforts of previous union leaders to broker a truce between the warring groups, which ended in the appointment of Joe Ajaero, General Secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), as Deputy National President.

There are suggestions that the NLC’s National Administrative Council has decided on Ajaero to succeed Wabba.

“Building Peoples’ Power, National Unity, and the Quest for a New Social Contract” is the subject of the 13th Quadrennial National Delegates Conference.

The event, which has occasionally served as a rallying platform for political office hopefuls to promote their mandate, is likely to draw local and global guests, including former NLC President Adams Oshiomhole.

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