NUJ national body picks Thursday for Lagos Council election


The national body of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has approved Thursday for the twice-postponed Lagos State Council election.

The NUJ made known its position in a letter dated Nov. 23 and signed by its Assistant National Secretary, Midat Joseph.

The NUJ national body addressed the letter to the Chairman/Secretary Credential Committee, Lagos State Council and copied the Vice President, Zone B, the Chairman/ Secretary of the Caretaker Committee and all Lagos Chapels.

“Following the resolution of the Special Congress held on 21st November, 2020, I write to inform you that the National Secretariat has approved Thursday, 26 November, 2020 for the election.

“You are requested to ensure adequate arrangement for a free, fair and credible election process, please,” Joseph said.

It was reported that the decision to hold the twice postponed election on Nov. 26 was reached during the NUJ Lagos Council Congress held last Saturday in Lagos.

The congress was presided over by the Chairman, Caretaker Committee, NUJ Lagos Council, Mr. Solomon Nwoke.

At the special congress, 57 members of the union voted in favour of the use of existing list of the verification exercise conducted by the National Officers of NUJ as the standard list of eligible voters.

Only seven members in the congress opted for the extension of the verification exercise by one week, while one person was neutral to the two motions.

Based on majority votes, the Congress adopted the existing verification list for the purpose of the forthcoming election.

Meanwhile, it would be recalled that some chapels had voted in the Nov. 5 election before the election was stopped abruptly due to what the Electoral Committee cited as security reasons.

The election, which was initially scheduled for Sept. 29, was postponed to Oct. 20, due to the planned nationwide strike of the Nigeria Labour Congress. It was similarly postponed for a second time due to the recent #EndSARS protests.

It was reported that the tenure of the outgone executive had expired on Sept 29.