Again NUJ President Fails To Present Certificate As Enugu Court Adjourns For Hearing

Embattled NUJ President Chris Isiguzo has again failed to file his certificate in the suit questioning his certificate at the National Industrial Court sitting in Enugu.
Isiguzo who is under pressure to resign certificate complications has consistently failed to file a defense or show representation in court.
Answering questions from newsmen shortly after the matter was adjourned on Tuesday Counsel to the claimant Barr. Emeka Okologbu Njoku noted that in the matter between Ngozi Felicia Agbo, NUJ and 9 others. Barr R. C Madu appeared for the 5th to 10th respondents.
“RC Madu asked for leave to regularize their processes which we did not oppose and was granted by the court as properly filed and signed. Our motion for injunction was withdrawn because the act upon which we are complaining was completed on February 20th, 2019 and we prayed the court for a date for hearing.
“The 1st-3rd respondents have not filed any processes neither were they represented by any counsel, they have chosen to stay out of proceedings because it borders on their activities and certificates.
“The court does cannot compel a defendant to come to court; its left for him to join issues with the claimant or he accepts all the averments of the claimant as being true.
“My client went to court because she was denied fair hearing by the NUJ State council . She bought nomination form for the post of the secretary of the Union, paid her fees of N25,000 and no reason was advanced for her none inclusion in the election proper. So she has gone to court asking the court to interpret NUJ Constitution as it affects membership and certificates which she is alleging that the 2nd Respondent Mr Chris Isiguzo who is now the national president of NUJ has no certificate.
“And equally the chairman Enugu Council Rex Arum has no certificate. There have been ploys by these two people to fill in the posts of executive of NUJ Enugu State Council with none qualified people. As we are speaking to you, it is in the waves that Uzoamaka Agbo, the Secretary of NUJ Enugu Council, has no certificate.
“We are urging the Court to interpret the NUJ constitution and now restore my clients spirit of fair hearing as enshrined in the constitution. She was condemned unheard.”
On why the issue of the NUJ Presidents’ certificate is being quieried, Njoku said, “the NUJ president, Isiguzo have been wielding unconstitutional powers in deciding who and who gets what in NUJ despite the allegations bordering on his non qualification.”
Reminded that the NUJ President is parading a certificate on whatsapp Barr. Njoku said, “please this is not a social media exercise. This matter is in a court of competent Jurisdiction; if he has suddenly found his certificates, let him file it in court; the court is not a whatsapp group. We are waiting for him.

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