Court orders Kogi NUJ Election Be Put on Hold

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A High Court sitting in Kotokarfe has ordered that the Kogi State council election of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, scheduled for February 18, 2014 in Kogi state be put on hold.
The court verdicts followed the suit from Danladi Abubakar and Matthew Onah who declared that there are irregularities discovered by the aggrieved members

In an originating summon suit HC/KK/003CV/2014, the claimants. DANLADI ABUBAKAR and MATHEW ONAH deposed to in the High Court of Kogi State Judicial Division Holden at Kotokarfe that, “Having regards to the provisions of the constitution of Nigeria Union of Journalists article 5 (A), paragraph 9 the leadership of state NUJ had no power to unilaterally appoint or constitute a credential committee for the state election.

The duo in the suit claims that the State Working Committee, SWC, and the Chairmen and Secretaries of all NUJ Chapels in Kogi State is the appropriate body to appoint or constitute a Credential Committee, for the purpose.

They therefore seeks an interim injunction restraining the defendants themselves, their agents or privies from recognizing or continuing to recognize the credential committee purportedly appointed or constituted by NUJ.

Justice S T Husaini who granted the injunction on Monday stated that, “Pursuant to anything done by the credential committee, I ordered that the statusquo be maintained pending the hearing of the motion on notice.

“Therefore the scheduled NUJ election against the 18/2/2014 is put on hold.”

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