National Secretariat of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, yesterday, cancelled the triennial delegates’ conference, which was supposed to produce another leadership of the union in Rivers State for the next three years.
Senior Assistant to the National Secretary of the NUJ, Gbenga Gbamidele, announced that the national secretariat have directed that the elections which was supposed to take place yesterday be put on hold till further notice. He also directed that the credentials committee should take charge of the affairs of the union pending the conduct of the new elections since the former executive have been dissolved.
Trouble started after the South South Zonal Secretary of the NUJ, Comrade Edward Ogwude, announced that the national secretariat had disqualified one of the candidates, Mr. Obed Omar during the business session of the conference. Efforts to get the disqualified aspirant out of the Ministry of Justice hall, venue of the election proved abortive as Omar and his candidates insisted that elections must not hold except cogent reasons were given for his disqualification.
Reacting to the development, out-gone chairman, Mr. Opaka Dokubo, regretted that journalists were supposed to be pacesetters, but quickly added that the postponement was necessary to allow peace reign.
“We need to accept this for peace to reign. We are journalists, we have been preaching peace and even during the national elections we were the ones preaching and clamouring for peace. I think it is okay that in the interest of peace we put the election on hold for now.
Campaign manager to Obed, Mr. Phillip Owaji-Oboro Phillip, in his reaction said they will continue to resist the election until cogent reasons for his disqualification are put forward. “We are saying that this election cannot hold except they tell us why Obed Omar was disqualified because we have advanced all needed documents to ensure what we are saying, even the citation they made from the constitution was wrong,” he said.
On his part, another staunch supporter of Obed, Mr. Paul Alozie expressed happiness, arguing that the credentials committee was not properly constituted.

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