The crisis rocking Osun State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) took a new turn on Thursday as the council suspended three of its members indefinitely for alleged misconduct.
The suspension followed an emergency meeting held in Osogbo, the state capital by all but three chapels of the state Council.
The affected members are the Acting Chairman of the Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC) chapel, Mrs Ojuolape Ukeme-Bassy, Chairman, Local Government Information Chapel, Mr Gboyega Aderinwale and the Secretary of Federated Chapel, Mr Kehinde Kolawole.
The communiqué issued by the Congress maintained that the three individuals embarrassed the enviable union by misleading the public through peddling of lies, misrepresentation of glaring facts and gross violation the ethics of journalism.
It also alleged that the trio and invaded the Council Secretariat with thugs, thus dragging the integrity of the union to the mud.
The Congress attended by the leaders of other eight chapels and presided over by the Vice Chairman of the Council, Comrade Kehinde Ayantunji also warned the Chairman of the OSBC Board of Directors, Mr Kola Akanji from using his office to promote division among members of the union in the state.
The communiqué reads:
“That the congress expressed concern over the emerging controversies in the Osun NUJ Council and the closure of the Council’s secretariat prompted by the invasion of a purported caretaker committee.
“That the congress rejects in totality, the constitution of Caretaker Committee, as it is against the constitution of NUJ and which intended to promote crisis in the union.”
The Congress thus empowered other members of the cabinet who were elected unopposed at the February 11 election to take charge of the union pending the resolution of the crisis.
“That the officers of the union, whose election were not in contention, i.e the Vice Chairman, Kehinde Ayantunji; the Treasurer, Adebisi Alo; the Assistant Secretary, Olabode Awe and the Internal Auditor, Olusola Egbodofo, should take charge of the administration of the council in accordance with Article 5D (ii) and F1(h) of the NUJ Constitution. And that the congress stands by the February 11, 2016 election pending the determination of the case before the Industrial Court, Ibadan.
“That the Interim Chairman of the OSBC Board of Directors, Mr Kola Akanji, who has been actively fuelling the unnecessary crisis for personal difference between him and Mr Biodun Olalere, by using the instrument of his office negatively in the matter, should be written a warning letter to desist from further promoting division among union members.
The Congress however did not close the door of negotiation to the lingering crisis as it charged the elders of the union in the state to wade in to halt the slide of the union into worse crisis.
“That the Council needs the intervention of the Veterans and other stakeholders in the crisis that was deliberately precipitated and being sustained by the National President and the National Vice President B Zone in the Osun State Council of NUJ.”
Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo