By Laide Abass
Foremost activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Chief Femi Falana has warned the Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) to desist from foisting illegal processing on the union to conduct elections into the elective seats at the Lagos State Council of the body.
The renown lawyer vowed to sue the NUJ in a petition dated November 3, 2020 addressed to the National President of the NUJ, Chief Chris Isiguzo if the council poll slated for Thursday, November 5 2020 is conducted with the exclusion of about 3000 journalists on the basis of illegal verification carried out by the national officers of the of the body and the electoral committee.
He condemned the attempt to disenfranchise valid and bonafide members of the union in several chapels from exercising their franchise during the poll.
According to the letter titled: Request to halt the planned exclusion of 3000 members of Lagos Council of the NUJ from participating in the forthcoming election of NUJ, he stated thus:
“Our clients have confirmed that the electoral committee plans to exclude not less than 3000 members of the Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists from drawn from The Guardian, Business Plus Magazine, The Nation Newspapers, Local Government Chapel, FRCN, Voice of Nigeria (VON), Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the New Telegraph Newspapers from participating in the forthcoming election of the Lagos NUJ scheduled to hold on November 5, 2020.
“The purported exclusion is said to have been based on the illegal verification conducted by the electoral committee of the NUJ in the utter breach of Article 6.7 (1) of the NUJ Constitution which stipulates that all benafide members in good financial standing are eminently qualified to exercise their franchise.