The Nigeria Labour Congress, Ekiti chapter has elected Com. Raymond Adesanmi the new chairman.
One of the most experienced health unionists in the state, Adesanmi, ex-chairman of the of Joint Health Sector Union in Ekiti State, defeated his closest rival, Com. Adebisi , to emerge in the keenly contested election.
Adesanmi is expected to enjoy unhindered solidarity supports among the workers in the state, considering that no parallel election was held as was the cases in Edo, Kaduna among other States of the federation.
It will be recalled that the NLC had been factionalised into two following emergence of a splinter group led by Joe Ajaero , after Ayuba Wabba won the March election in Abuja.
Adesanmi was declared the winner of the election on Friday by the NLC President, Com Wabba, who was represented at the Delegate Conference by Com Babatunde Liadi.
He is to succeed the outgoing Chairman, Ayodeji Aluko , who had held sway in the last four years.
The emergence of Adesanmi was not devoid of the fierce and high-wired politicking that had characterized union’s elections in the country, as the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Com Bunmi Ajimoko , who propped up Adebisi for the election, had to slug it out with a coalition of the Health Union, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) and National Civil Service Union, who gave solid and unwavering supports to the candidature of Com Adesanmi.
The outgoing NLC Chairman, Com Aluko , was a former Publicity Secretary of NULGE, where he rose in an enigmatic manner to become the NLC Chairman four years ago.
A reliable source told Global Patriot Newspapers, that NULGE, banking on its numerical strength had thought that the election would be a work over for its candidate, Com Adebisi, but got a shocker as the coalition of other unions had neutralized whatever effect its population would have had in determining the outcome of the election.
The source said the coalition opined that it would be a great disgrace to the NLC and the entire workforce for another NULGE top notch to succeed the chairman, hence their preference for a dark horse to lead the union.
Adesanmi had, however, pledged to work assiduously to bring dignity to labour force in the state and ensure that none of them is oppressed by the government of the day.
The new NLC chairman in his acceptance speech said: “I will work hard to sustain the dignity of labour in the State. With this vote, you have entrusted in me a great trust and I will do everything to protect the confidence reposed in me.
“I want to assure that I will make the welfare of workers the priority. We shall continue to liaise with government on how to improve on the wellbeing of my members. I won’t pursue any selfish agenda for us to be united to be able to tackle all challenges that we may face”.
His main challenger, Adebisi had accepted the outcome of the election, promising to coalesce efforts with the new executive to uplift the welfare of workers in the State.
Adebisi said he would be willing to offer free advice to the new executive as an experienced labour unionist, for NLC to be better off in operation and in service delivery.