The newly elected executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Oyo State on Monday issued a disclaimer notice on its immediate past Chairman, Adewumi Faniran.
A statement by the Secretary of the Union, Comrade Sola Oladapo frowned at the antics of the erstwhile Chairman aimed at causing crisis in the Union.
The statement recalled that election of the Union was held on December 18th which saw the new Chairman, Comrade Ademola Babalola defeating Faniran with total votes of 179 to the latter’s six (06) votes.
“It baffles one that Faniran who had since been removed from the National Executive Committee of NUJ is still surreptitiously parading himself as Chairman and giving NUJ awards to unsuspecting Nigerians for pecuniary gains.
“The security agencies are by this notice alerted to rein in, on the former Chairman and call him to order,” Oladapo added.
It also calls the attention of the union members and well meaning Nigerians to the fact that other contestants on his team had accepted defeat.
“While the former state council secretary, Bola Ogunlayi, vacated his office, the ex-Chairman, Faniran has singlehandedly been parading himself about.”
The statement added that, in the interest on the union and members from nine out of 10 chapels who cast their votes for Comrade Babalola and other members of the executive elected on December 18, urged Faniran to desist from presenting himself as Chairman of NUJ, Oyo state council.
“Finally, the former NUJ Chairman, parading himself as chairman, has not been able to step into the Press Centre, since Comrade Ademola Babalola was duly elected knowing that he (Faniran) is not popular, an opportunist who saw the seat of the Chairman as his personal property and had the effrontery to go to court after being rejected and defeated by the overwhelming majority of Oyo NUJ members who cast their votes for Comrade Babalola and his team of executives,” he stated.