By Terkula Atom
A Makurdi Judge, Justice I.J Essien has granted an ex-parte motion restraining the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abuja from conducting its election in Benue State Council, pending hearing and determination of the substantive case.
The presiding judge of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria in his ruling, said the motion has become possible to grant all parties fairness.
In a suit number NICN/35/2021 filed by an NUJ member, Orduen Dura challenging breach of election process by the National Secretariat of NUJ, Counsel to respondent, Barr Benki Wombo Iortyom, in his motion ex parte prayed for an order of interim injunction retraining NUJ, their prives, agents or whoever by whatever name acting on behalf, from conducting Benue Council election billed for July 3, 2021.
He also prayed for an order forming a five man neutral caretaker committee in the congress of NUJ Benue Council in the interim.
Another prayer is an order restraining NUJ from suspending Orduen Dura or terminating his membership from the union.
Dura had approached the Industrial Court that the NUJ had violated it’s statutes by clearing those who were not qualified to contest election in the Benue NUJ Council.
In his ruling, Hon. Justice (Dr) IJ Essien adjourned the case to July 15, 2021 for hearing of the substantive case.
Justice Essien further added that no contestant in the election should be part of the caretaker committee and granted all prayers sought in the ex parte motion.