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Ogun NUJ Crisis: Court Upholds Amosu’s Election

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The Ibadan-based National Industrial Court affirmed the election of Mr Soji Amosu as the duly elected President of the Ogun State Branch of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).

The court also upheld the election of Kunle Olayeni as the Vice Chairman, Kunle Ewuoso as the Secretary and Abiodun Taiwo as the Assistant Secretary of the NUJ in Ogun in suit number NICN/IB/85/2019.

During the polls held in 2019, the party was embroiled in a crisis.

The National Chairman of the NUJ, Chris Iziguzo, had petitioned a group of the union in Ogun State to protest about the conduct of the poll.

Consequently, by annulling the election of the applicants, the NUJ President dissolved the leadership of the State Council, arguing that it was not in accordance with Article 5, Paragraph 10 of the Constitution of the Union.

But to contest the breakup of the union’s leadership in Ogun State, Amosu and his colleagues hauled the NUJ before the National Industrial Court.

The presiding judge, Justice J. D. Peters, said in his judgment on Wednesday that the annulment of the election of the applicant on March 29, 2019 was unconstitutional, adding that it was and was against the constitution of the NUJ.

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Seven out of the eight reliefs requested by the plaintiffs were also issued by Justice Peters, thus granting the defendants a cost of N200,000.

The court ruled that the NUJ National Working Committee conference, where the supposed annulment of the election of the claimants was carried out, was unconstitutional, null and void.

“This court found merit in seven out of the eight prayers of the claimants, and I hereby rule that the annulment of their election is null and void,” the judge declared.

“While alluding to the fact that the National Working Committee of the union has the constitutional power to act on complaints arising from an election within 21 days, it said that “the Central Working Committee did not take the steps required until after 37 clear days from the date of the election complained of.”

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