Some aspirants have called on the Oyo State government not to recognize the newly elected executive of the National Union of Local Government Employee.
This was conveyed in a petition to the office of the head of service in the state which was copied to various government agencies.
OYOINSIGHT.COM recalls that the NULGE election was held in the midnight of September 21st at the NUJ press center.
This was in disregard to an injuction by the National Industrial Court in Lagos that the election and congress must not be held pending the conclusion of a case brought before the court regarding the ‘illegal’ disqualification of some candidates.
In the petition, which was signed by Mr. Dauda Sulaiman and Abiodun Oyedokun, they explained that the despite the court injunction, the association’s executive insisted that the election would be held on September 22 at Liberty stadium however “the election did not hold as scheduled but we discovered that the caretaker president assembled some appointed unlawful delegates and stage managed the election at the midnight of Monday 21st at an unknown place.”
One of the signatories to the petition, Mr. Oyedokun Abiodun told OYOINSIGHT that the election was stage-managed.
“It happened that when we got the circular for the delegates Congress to be held at Liberty Stadium, we were preparing for the election. The delegates Congress supposed to hold by 21st for arrival and 22nd for election proper at Liberty Stadium (but) when we heard the news about the industrial court injunction on Monday, I as a Director of Administration, the Caretaker chairman, Rufus Babalola was formerly my internal Auditor at my local government. I called him, ‘with this present situation, will we go ahead with the election?’ He said, ‘Yes’ and I said ‘no problem’.
“Only to hear that at the middle of the night, they camped some delegates from Okeogun and Ogbomosho to a hotel in the pretense that they want to give them accommodation. That was what I heard. I even took a lady there. It was at the middle of the night, they tapped on their door that they should come out for a meeting.
“They contacted the NUJ chairman that they need the hall overnight. That was how they started a stage-managed election,” he said.