Journalists protest annulment of union election

By Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

The Nigerian Union of Journalists-NUJ, Osun State chapter have staged a peaceful protest against the annulment of the council election held on February 11.

The national body of the union had nullified the election based on a petition allegedly written by some aggrieved members of the union.

The protesters warned the National President of the NUJ, Waheed Odusile from going ahead with a fresh election after an election had earlier been held, saying they would not allow it to hold.

The journalists stated that the February 11 election which returned Abiodun Olalere as the chairman NUJ, Osun State council and Boladale Bamgbola as secretary was free, fair and credible.

“No to puppetry”
They accused the National President of seeking to install his stooges to head the council, vowing to frustrate such attempt.

They threatened that the state council would not fold their arms and allow anyone from Abuja to impose their candidates on them.

Tope Alabi of the Nigeria Television Authority while addressing press urged the National body not to shatter the ‘adorable peace and harmony being enjoyed in Osun by supporting the State journalists to stand on existing mandate mandate’.

Also speaking, Wasiu Ajadosu from Gold FM said nullifying a peaceful and rancor-free election that saw the losers congratulate the winners is a recipe for crisis and such act was tantamount to illegality and impunity.

Members of the group carried placards with various inscriptions as they converged in the NUJ Secretariat where the protest was held.