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NLC election: Wabba’s eligibility suit begins at NIC

National Industrial Court, NIC, Abuja Division, will today commence hearing in the suit challenging the eligibility of the President of Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, MHWUN, Mr. Ayuba Wabba, to contest the presidency of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC.

Aggrieved members of MHWUN had dragged Mr. Wabba and four others to the NIC, seeking an order restraining him from contesting the presidency of NLC.

The claimants, George Kaiserye, Tubotamuno Abalibo, MHWUN, Akuku- Toru Local Government Area of Rivers States, Branch and MHWUN Degema coucil branch, are claiming among others, that Mr Wabba, is ineligible to seek for elective position in the National Delegates Conference, NDC, because his two tenure as President of the union ended in 2013.

Other defendants are MHWUN, NLC, Minister of Labour and Productivity and Registrar of Trade Unions.

The claimants are seeking an interim injunction restraining the first defendant, whether by himself, his agents, servants, proxies or privies or otherwise howsoever, from presenting himself for  or otherwise contesting the election in to the office of President of NLC at the National Delegates Conference of the NLC earlier scheduled to hold from February 9 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, or at any other date or place whatsoever until the determination of the motion on notice in this suit.

President of NIC, Justice B. A. Adejumo, had fixed the hearing for today after directing that parties to the suit be put on notice.

The Judge gave the order upon reading the application and affidavit in support of the ex-partemotion herein sworn to by George Kaiserye of primary health care unit, Akuku Toru Local Government Area in Rivers State of Nigeria.

After hearing the counsel to the claimants, Sola Iji, the Judge held: “I have gone through the motion ex-parte; I have perused the affidavit in support, I have digested the written address and listened to the submissions made by learned counsel.

“I am of the candid view that justice of the matter demands that the defendants be put on notice of the pendency of this matter.

“In arriving at this decision, I have considered and weighed the balance of fair hearing. It is therefore my order that the defendants be put on notice of the pendency of the motion on notice herein.”

He said the second to fifth defendants are hereby ordered to take in to consideration the fact that a motion on notice is filed in respect of the subject matter on February 3, which is pending before the court.

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