The Nigeria Union of Journalists Oyo State Council has dissociated itself from the disqualification of some members at the ongoing election of Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, Oyo State chapter.
This was contained in a statement jointly signed by NUJ Chairman, Ademola Babalola, and Secretary, Sola Oladapo.
The statement, on Thursday, indicated that it was imperative for the union to make clarification on the issue.
It said: “This clarification becomes imperative following outcry by members and several petitions concerning the alleged irregularities in the processes adopted by the three-man NAWOJ Credentials Committee.
“Petitioners alleged that there were external forces attempting to foist chaos on a peaceful council.
“We have been inundated with complaints by NAWOJ members over the secrecy and cult-like approach so far adopted by the so-called credentials committee.”
The statement quoted the National Secretariat of the NUJ as telling the council to stay clear of the election.
It said: “The council dissociates itself from the on-going election into NAWOJ offices in Oyo State, wishing the association good luck.
“For the first time since the formation of NAWOJ as an affiliate association under its control, the union was kept in the dark all through.
“It is a dark hour in the history of the noble profession.
“For posterity sake, this is to expressly clarify that no NAWOJ election ever held without the active collaboration and supervision by NUJ as enshrined in the union’s Constitution.
“This time it is indeed a new dawn and we are therefore saying it is well.”