FATIMA Abdullahi Ahmed
The attention of the Imo State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists has been drawn to a report in a section of the media purporting that the Union in Imo has endorsed Chris Isiguzo for a second tenure as National President of the NUJ.
This unfounded claim according to a press released signed by the Chairman, caretaker committee Comrade Precious Nwadike and the Secretary, Comrade Austin Okoro said that it is not surprising considering the fact that Isiguzo had created a team of non-practitioners and a crude assortment of rag-tag charlatans running errands for him in Imo State while posturing as journalists.
“These drifters are led by one Chris Akaraonye who retired as a level 8 civil servant from the Imo state Ministry of Information in 2015 and who should ordinarily associate with his fellow retirees in the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, NUP Imo State Chapter to demand their rights.”It is unthinkable according to the union for any genuine journalism practitioner in Imo state to contemplate endorsing Chris Isiguzo for a second tenure, given the anguish, the greed-driven hustler has caused the Imo Council.”
The statement further alleged that it is no longer news that Isiguzo in 2018 conspired with some criminal elements, mainly non-journalists in Imo to sell Imo NUJ Secretariat located along Port Harcourt Road without the consent of the Congress. “Today, we are daily in the battle for recovery of our secretariat from Isiguzo and his goons.
Fortunately, the council under a caretaker committee has reclaimed some lost ground and assets, and have commenced renovation of the secretariat.””In decent climes, Isiguzo and his accomplices in Imo should rather be cooling off in prison for vandalizing the Union’s property and attempting to sell it rather than seeking a fresh mandate.
“The Union noted that Isiguzo in his desperate move to sell the Union’s Secretariat relocated at the International Institute of Journalism, Owerri Study Centre to an unsafe area where lecturers and students were severally attacked by hoodlums which led to the closure of the school through the directive of the Abuja office.
The Union added that efforts made by the Caretaker Committee to relocate the school to its original place to ensure the school reopens are being frustrated by Isiguzo. “Ironically, Isiguzo for the three years he held sway as national president of NUJ could not leverage on his relationship with Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu to move the Abia Council in his homeland, to a permanent site but will be quick to orchestrate plans to sell off our secretariat complex worth over N800m donated to the Union by a former Military Administrator of the State.
“The Imo NUJ views it as a greater danger to the nation’s journalism practice, to re-elect Isiguzo for another tenure because of the strong belief that if Isiguzo gets a fresh mandate, he’ll do more harm to the Union than he has already done saying that he may sell the Abuja office of NUJ like he planned to do to Imo.
They accused Isiguzo of having total disregard for the constitution of the Union, which the Union said it is apparently the reason why he hired strangers who have no business in journalism to aid him perfect the plans to sell the secretariat.
“As if that was not enough, when the Union members kicked against such move, he came to Imo State and declared them as hoodlums when in fact, we in Imo, consider Isiguzo and every other person that participated in such brazen roguery as the original hoodlums and should be dealt with by the law enforcement agents.
“Against this backdrop, NUJ in Imo state stated that it is unanimous that such a place and time, where the Imo NUJ will endorse a candidate in the mould of Chris Isiguzo for a second term as NUJ President, does not exist