A High Court sitting at Oleh Judicial Division has restrained the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Delta Council from conducting elections into the State Information Chapel executive.
In suit No. HCO/M/9/2019 the Claimants filed Originating Summons and Exparte Motion against the Defendants seeking the the Court to, among others, interpret Article 6 (6 ) of the Nigeria Union Journalists Constitution as to the body responsible to conduct elections into the various offices of the State Information Chapel; a declaration that the Information Chapel of the Delta State Council of NUJ reserves the exclusive right to constitute her credentials committee to conduct election into vacant positions of the Chapel, and that the supervisory role conferred on the State Working Committee of the Delta State Council of the NUJ does not include the power to set up a credentials committee to conduct election for the Information Chapel of the Union in Delta State.
Granting the order of Interlocutory Injunction the presiding Judge, Justice Emifoniye Cletus ordered the defendants to-wit : Comrades Michael Ikeogwu, Churchill Oyowe, Patrick Ochei, Celestine Afokobah and Samuel Erhumwense from conducting or interfering with the process of conducting the election of officers into the State Information Chapel.
The injunction was also made against executive of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Delta State Council, their agents, privies or servants. The Suit arose from the dissolution of the Information Chapel Credentials Committee by the State Executive of the NUJ, Delta State Council via a letter dated 10th July, 2019 addressed to all members of the NUJ, and the purported suspension of the Committee members from the activities of the Union.
The Claimants are challenging the validity of the purported suspension, dissolution and usurpation of powers of the State Information Credentials Committee to conduct election into vacant positions of the Chapel.