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NUJ election: Veteran Journalist reveals how National Body re-instated him in 1995

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

A veteran broadcaster and head of operations serving with Freedom Radio Kaduna, Abubakar Jidda Usman, has revealed how a raging debate arise from screening of aspirants, who contested in NUJ Kaduna Council elections years ago, saying, what saved him was the National leadership of the Union, which has the final say on qualification or otherwise of candidates standing for election.

He made this known, while receiving would-be Chairman of NUJ Kaduna, Comrade Asma’u Yawo Halilu, and members of her team, comprising Daniel Duniya, Santos Gambo, Vice Chairman and Secretary contenders, respectively, during campaign in Kaduna Tuesday.

Abubakar Usman revealed that he was a chairmanship aspirant for Kaduna NUJ election in 1995, but was disqualified; adding that National leadership of the Union had to reinstate him to take part in the race after screening his credentials.

The veteran broadcaster explained further that constitutional provisions guiding conduct of election were explicit in reserving final review of decision of credential committee with the apex body of the Union in Abuja, stating that there would have been no need for the heated argument by the umpires of 2021 exercise.

“The National leadership had to declare my disqualification null and void after reviewing my case, because I was unduly and unconstitutionally treated by the then credential committee.

“Though, I later stepped down for Kajuru, who later won the election, and emerged chairman Kaduna Council NUJ.

“I must commend doggedness, passion and zeal of next chairman of the council – I learnt she is now unopposed – which I consider to be a welcome development for the unity of all members,” he said.

Jidda urged Asma’u and her team to “hit the ground running” by ridding the profession of quack elements parading as journalists as soon as she assumed Chairmanship of the Council on 18 December, 2021, pointing out that unqualified practitioners were giving the noble profession a bad name.

In her remarks, Comrade Halilu said she was at the broadcast outfit to show her appreciation for the unflinching support and solidarity she had been getting from the Freedom Chapel, pledging to make a top priority issue of welfare of all members of the Union and carry along stakeholders in decision-making process of her administration.

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