Court sacks Ondo NUJ executives, caretaker committee takes over

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The National Industrial Court sitting in Akure has sacked the state executive council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ondo State Council.

Justice A. A. Adewemimo gave the ruling in a suit brought before him by Mr Anthony Adetoye, one of the contestants for the chairmanship position in the election held last year.

Adetoye had approached the court to set aside the electoral committee put in place to conduct the election.

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The electoral committee had screened out all contestants for the post of chairman, allowing incumbent, James Sowole to run unopposed.

The trial judge in his judgement declared the election which produced Sowole null and void.

According to him, the election and subsequent swearing in of Sowole-led exco was an affront of the court, with the case on the election pending in court.

He therefore directed that a caretaker committee be set up, and elections into the offices in the state executive held within 30 days.

In a related development, the national headquarters of the NUJ has set up a caretaker committee for the state council, until a new election is held.

This comes after the National Industrial Court in Akure sacked the James Sowole-led exco.

This was contained in a letter sent to the chairman and secretary of Ondo State Council of the union, signed by NUJ National Secretary, Shuaibu Usman Leman which was made available to SUNSHINE HERALD.

The caretaker committee will be chaired by Sola Obagbemisoye from the OSRC Chapel.

Other members of the caretaker committee are: Meshack Olaoluwa (state information chapel), Hakeem Gbadamosi (correspondents chapel), and Stephen Ajayi (LG chapel).

Olawale Koretimi from the FRCN chapel will serve as Secretary of the committee.

NUJ had earlier issued a statement it was going to appeal the industrial court judgment before later rescinding the decision.

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