Ogun NUJ crisis: Isiguzo endorses Oba Ogunleye-led reconciliation committee

...orders membership screening ahead of elections 

As part of efforts to resolve three-year old crisis within the families of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ogun State Council, the President of the Union, Comrade Chris Isiguzo has met with Oba Femi Ogunleye-led Reconciliation Committee unanimously set up to resolve the crisis bedevilling the Union in the State. 

The appointment of Oba (Barrister) Femi Ogunleye, Chairman; Alhaji Lai Labode, Member; Mr Eddy Aina, Member; Mr Dele Akinsola, Member and Barrister Ademola Badejo, Secretary; to resolve the lingering crisis was unanimously done by all the three warring factions, namely, late Soji Amosu's, Oluremi Olugbenro's and Biodun Ogundipe's factions of Ogun State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ). 

The Reconciliation Committee's terms of reference and appointment were backed by a Communiquè which was drafted after a Peace Meeting that was held at Iwe-Irohin Press Centre, Oke-Ilewo Abeokuta on the 8th of February, 2022 by the Communiquè Drafting Committee chaired by Mr Dele Akinsola; Mr Kola Adepoju, Director of Public Relations Directorate of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and Razaq Ayinla Esq., Chairman of Correspondents' Chapel of Ogun State Council of NUJ as Secretary. 

It will be recalled that the Ogun State NUJ Elders' Council and State Executive Council's Communiquè, which was tagged, "No 01 of 8th February 2022 on the Crisis Rocking the Union", structured to address the lingering crisis through screening of all members to know the genuine members and the conduct of credible, free and fair NUJ election with all the dictates and specifications as highlighted below:  

1. That the Ogun State NUJ Elders' Council is consisted of Barrister Demola Badejo, Alhaji Lai Labode, Mr Eddy Aina, all former Chairmen of the Council; Dele Akinsola, a Leader of the Council and chaired by Oba (Barr.) Femi Ogunleye, Towulade of Akinale in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State, who is an all-time Leader of NUJ. 

2. That the 3-year old Intractable crisis that bedevilled the Ogun State Council of the  Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has come to an end and should be buried.

3. That the parties to different legal cases pending in courts have agreed to the amicable resolution of the crisis.

4. That the warring parties have mutually agreed to withdraw all the pending legal cases in courts and adopt out-of-court settlement instrumentality. 

5. That the only resolution that was moved at the February 8th, 2022 meeting asked the Elders' Council of Ogun State NUJ to take over the electoral process that will usher in a new Executive of Ogun State NUJ, had no opposition, but a consensus.

6. That the two warring factions and all the Chapels' Executives present came up with a template that the NUJ Council of Elders should intervene and constitute Screening and Revalidation Committee to come up with the list of genuine members of NUJ and conduct elections.

7. That the Screening and Revalidation Committee is also expected to release guidelines for the forthcoming Ogun State NUJ Elections in tandem with the dictates of NUJ Constitution and in consultation with the National Secretariat of the NUJ. 

8. That the motion for the take-over of the electoral process by the Elders' Council was moved by Comrade Niyi Ogungbola, a former Chairman of NUJ and factional Leader, but was seconded by Comrade Dupe Sobukanla, Chairperson, Ogun State NAWOJ and a member of other warring faction. 

Meeting the Reconciliation Committee of the Ogun State Council of NUJ, otherwise known the NUJ Elders' Council in Abeokuta at the weekend, the President of the Union, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, declared that the NUJ National Secretariat is more than ever ready to resolve the crisis through the NUJ Elders' Council set up to resolve the crisis, screen all the members across all Chapels and conduct a credible, free and fair poll at a right time after March 29th, 2022. 

Comrade Isiguzo admonished the Elders' Council to be wary of antics of some NUJ members within the Ogun State Council who might work against their assignments, urging them to ensure due diligence and impartiality in resolving the lingering crisis by upholding the principles of natural law which are justice, equity and good conscience in screening of all members and the conduct of credible, free and fair elections. 

Responding on behalf of the Reconciliation Committee's members, Oba (Barrister) Femi Ogunleye pledged to undertake the assignments given to them with utmost trust, respect and in accordance with the dictates of NUJ Constitution and in tandem with the guidelines set up by the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ). 

Oba (Barrister) Oguleye assured Comrade Isiguzo, the National Secretariat and all the members of Ogun State Council of NUJ that the Reconciliation Committee would be impartial and just to all contestants and members as a whole, saying the guidelines as regards the screening of members in all Chapels that make up the State Council, the conduct of elections into various posts and swearing in of eventual winners would be published soon. 

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