2021 NUJ presidential candidate halts its campaign, accuse credentials committee for violating exparte order

2021 NUJ presidential candidate halts its campaign, accuse credentials committee for violating exparte order

Following the issuance of a revised Time table for the conduct of the forthcoming National Delegates Conference of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, by the National Credentials Committee, the Yusuf Idris Presidential Campaign Council under the National Coordinator of Dahiru Garba Muhammad, in a statement finds it unconstitutional hence deem it necessary to states as following:

“The Credentials Committee has directed for the commencement of campaigns by Friday, 17th September 2021, in violation of a subsisting Exparte Order made by the National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos in the case filed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Ogun State Council in which the Court expressly restrained the Credentials Committee, the NUJ NEC and the outgoing President of the Union, Chris Isiguzo, from pursuing or executing any act for the purposes of conducting election into the National offices of the NUJ pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice filed before the Court.

“We have been briefed by our Legal Advisers that despite the expiration of 14 days since the issuance of that Order, it still subsists since the Motion on Notice could not be heard on the earlier set date.

“Our position is in line with provisions of the Civil Procedure Rules of the National Industrial Court, 2017 as well as other relevant laws and judicial pronouncements in Nigeria.”

The statement said, in deference to the Interim Court Order under reference, its Campaign Council has decided to halt any process for the launch of campaigns until when the Order is vacated.

“It should be noted that the decision to field Yusuf idris for President of our great Union stems from a desire to not only have a PRESIDENT WITH VERIFIABLE CREDENTIALS but also a National leadership that RESPECTS DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS, ESPECIALLY THE JUDICIARY, which is the last hope of the citizen.

“We also note with dismay the reckless and irresponsible partisan actions of the National Credentials Committee in disqualifying some members of our team, including a sitting National Vice President, Edward Ogude and a former National Treasurer, Monic Okechukwu, on frivolous grounds.

“As Campaign Council, let it be known that we are challenging that injustice.”

The Yusuf Idris Presidential Campaign Council also wished to appeal to its teeming supporters across the country to remain calm, resolute and focused, assuring them that “We will not rest on our oars until NUJ is rescued from the hands of people lacking in the affairs of honor. We have resolved not to play their game because the era of impunity is fast becoming extinct.”