Members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Imo State Council are to go to the polls on Saturday, November 19, 2022 to elect new executive for the council.

The Secretary of the Credentials Committee, Nze Collins Amadi disclosed this in a statement on Friday, November 18, 2022.

Amadi said the National Secretariat directed that the elections be conducted on the scheduled date.

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He therefore urged contestants for the various positions to mobilize their supporters for the elections.

Amadi further disclosed that the polls would hold at the NUJ Press Centre located opposite the Secretariat of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Commission, ISOPADEC, New Owerri.

He also advised members to come along with their revalidated NUJ identity cards.

He added that the elections which are slated to commence at 8:00am will be supervised by the national officers of the union.

National Newsbreak gathered that the national officers are already in Owerri for the elections.

Recall that elections into the Imo State Council of the union was scheduled to hold in May, this year but was reportedly put on hold by the National Industrial Court, Owerri following a motion filed by some aggrieved members.

The aggrieved members comprising Lambert Ojukwu and Ambrose Uneze have been in court challenging the outcome of the 2019 polls conducted by the council.

The tenure of the Chris Akaraonye-led executive which emerged from the 2019 elections expired in March this year.

Also, the National Industrial Court, Owerri Division has been under lock and key following the recall of the Presiding Judge, Justice S. I Galadima by the President of the Court.

Justice Galadima was recalled following the withdrawal of his security details by the police shortly after he issued a garnishee order on the account of the Imo State government domiciled in a new generation bank.

The National Court earlier gave a judgement ordering the Imo State government to pay a former deputy governor of the state, Prince Eze Madumere the sum of N1.9billion being his unpaid entitlements when he served the state.

Some members of the NUJ expressed concern over the moves to conduct polls in the circumstance.

However, some are of view that elections should go on on the ground that there is no certified true copy of the order issued by the court before its abrupt closure.


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