Sacked Ogun Council Chair, four others drag NUJ to court

Olasunkanmi Akinlotan

Sacked Chairman of Ogun state council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists ,Soji Amosu and four others have dragged the union to the Federal High court, Oke-Mosan,Abeokuta over the annulment of their election.

Amosu and his sacked team ; Kunle Olayeni (vice-Chairman ; Ayokunle Ewuoso ,Secretary ; Abiodun Taiwo ,Assistant secretary and a member of the union Henry Ojoye dragged the national leadership to the court for sacking them from office .

The election which was characterised by irregularities was annulled by Central Working Committee of the union on May 7, 2019 based on the fact that some members of the union were disenfranchised and the CWC subsequently directed the setting up of a five-member caretaker committee for the council.

The union in it’s Communique jointly compiled by the Vice President, B-zone, Cosmas Oni and the National Secretary, Nigeria Association of Women Journalists , Ladi Bala and signed by the national secretary of the NUJ , Shuaibu Usman Leman ordered that Amosu and his team should vacate the office with immediate effect .

The Communique reads ” Consequent to complaints following the refusal to allow some members to participate in the Ogun State Council election of March 29, 2019, the Central Working Committee resolved that the election be cancelled. Accordingly CWC directs the setting up of a five member caretaker committee to conduct fresh election within three months”.

The sacked exco also sued members of the caretaker committee Led by Kayode Taiwo .

Others sued include ; Segun Lawole, Adewole Dosunmu , Ayo Obadimu and Dele Ayodo .

Also dragged before the Federal High Court in Abeokuta are; the National President of NUJ ,Chris Isiguzo; the national secretary ,Shuaibu Usman Leman; the Senior Assistant National Secretary ,Gbemiga Bamidele, the NUJ CWC members, and the NUJ national executive council as well as candidates who took part in the cancelled election .

At the court proceeding on Monday ,the presiding judge, Justice Muhammad Abubakar ordered that all the respondents should be served the court originating summon and the motion on notice before May 20, the adjourned date .

Counsel to the applicants, Deji Eniseyin had told the court that he was able to serve only four out of the 15 respondents in the suit number FHC/AB/CS/50/19.

Eniseyin however, applied for adjournment so as to serve others in the suit .

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