There is palpable war among members of the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU), Uniuyo branch, as the election which was scheduled to hold yesterday had been postponed due to a court injunction restraining the exercise.
Our reporter who was at the opening of the exercise, learnt that the union had suffered similar fate in recent times, hence the need to finally conduct the elections into a new leadership.
As was gathered, several irregularities and misconducts had trailed previous leadership of the union, thereby making members to agitate for fresh elections, aimed primarily at reversing the perceived negative trend.
“It may interest you to know that we took over government when our predecessors involved themselves in an illegal bank business, almost collapsing the union, but to God be the glory, we emerged to serve the National Headquarters, state council and the entire NASU members from embarrassment…”, the caretaker branch chairman, Comrade Imo Udo, disclosed in his address.
Some of the visibly aggrieved members, who could not contend with the postponement of the election, bared their minds on the development.
According to Comrade Edem Daniel, “I’m not in any way happy about the situation. This union has done a lot of things that do not meet the interest of members. For sometimes now, our welfare has been overlooked and our funds are handled in a way we don’t understand.
“In fact, the reason they are giving for shifting the election is so flimsy. They are just trying to use court injunction to deceive us. What are they taking us for?”
For Comrade Ime Etim, “we are angry because these people are trying to use us. This is not the first time NASU election is postponed in Uniuyo. Now, it has happened again. We were adequately informed that the election will certainly hold today and somebody is coming to tell us that it can’t hold because of court injunction. It’s like there’s a foul play somewhere”.
The branch chairman however, maintained that the union has no option than to abide by the recent directive “There is nothing we can do for now. The decision that has been taken is above us and even the state council. Moreover, this union is answerable to the national headquarter. I’m only appealing to our members to remain calm until the court gives us a go ahead to conduct the elections. For now, we should show some understanding at least, for the sake of peace and interest of the union”, he said.
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