NAWOJ poll: Contestants protest imposition of ‘unqualified Candidate’

NAWOJ poll: Contestants protest imposition of ‘unqualified Candidate’

Members of National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), have alleged a despicable attempt by some Stakeholders in the Union to impose unqualified Candidate on the leadership of the association in Edo State. Mrs Joy Musa Aghedo, Candidate vying for NAWOJ Secretary in the State, during a peaceful protest to the Secretariat of Nigeria Union of

Members of National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), have alleged a despicable attempt by some Stakeholders in the Union to impose unqualified Candidate on the leadership of the association in Edo State.

Mrs Joy Musa Aghedo, Candidate vying for NAWOJ Secretary in the State, during a peaceful protest to the Secretariat of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Wednesday in Benin City, said the plot was to disqualify some Contestants who posses University degree and allow those with questionable National Examinations Council (NECO) certificates to hold positions in the association.

A CROSS SECTION OF MEMBERS OF NAWOJ

She appealed to the State and national leadership of NUJ and NAWOJ not to treat the issue of Union’s Register and missing attendance lists Edo NAWOJ with kid-gloves ahead of the forthcoming election tentatively slated for Friday November 29, 2019.

Mrs Aghedo, berated Caretaker Committee led by Mrs Peace Imafidon for attempting to limit the circle of manoeuvring with her divided loyalties.

“Apart from that the names of some members who were on apologies during the emergency Congresses were not there.

“More worrisome is that 95 per cent of Edo NAWOJ Congresses by the previous administration were emergency Congresses”, she said.

The Spokesperson of the protesters, said: “NUJ should help to sanitise NAWOJ election and that those without certificate should not be imposed on us or allow to contest positions.

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“Edo NAWOJ will not fold its arms and watch illegalities thrive in the Association.

“There was this issue of attendance. Some highly placed individuals in some quarters want to use attendance to disqualify people qualified contestants with degree holders in this election and allow those with questionable NECO certificates to hold positions in the association.

“With all due respect, how can you present attendance sheets that are either not signed or have no date?
Even the last Congress where the last Credentials Committee was inaugurated was not among the list that is being paraded.

“I had confronted the present Edo NAWOJ Caretaker Committee chairman, Mrs Peace Imafidon that even the last Congress you attended is not available; She answered in the affirmative that the attendance sheet was not among”, he said.

“The immediate past chairperson of NAWOJ, Mrs Flora Bossey and her executives, agreed that the attendance in the past three years were not enough to conduct NAWOJ election. In addition to that, most of these emergencies came few days before the expiration of the tenure of that executives.

“The notices were neither sent to the various Chapels nor published in the NAWOJ notice board.

“Asked if the national body of the association was aware of the ongoing development, she said, when we met with the Caretaker a Committee on Wednesday, we discovered that the attendant sheet were not complete, we also drew their attention to the abnormalities, right there, they buckled.

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Responding to the allegations, the Chairman of Edo NAWOJ Election/Caretaker Committee, Mrs Peace Imafidon, denied any wrong doing.

She directed the aggrieved members of NAWOJ to take their complaints to the NUJ with a caution that “no individual to go against the union’s Constitution”.

Mrs Ifidon said, attendance was one of the requirements to be eligible to contest the election.

“You know 50 per cent…If for any reason, and at a particular time, some Contestants were given a waiver three years ago. Should we continue on that part?

According to her, the national leadership of NAWOJ was yet to reply the Committee’s request to conduct the election.

“”The matter is currently on the table of the national body

“I am waiting for the reply and approval from the National Secretariat because they are the one to conduct the election”, he said.

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