Earlier on Thursday 20th April, 2017, dissidents loyal to the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Okowa of Delta State, Mr. Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu and his favoured NUJ Chairmanship candidate, Comrade Sir Fidelis Egugbo had deliberately been positioned to disrupt the election in case victory was not in sight for them.
Based on this, the dissidents had started fomenting trouble as soon as the election was to commence, disagreeing with the use of voters list for the election.
As simple as the issue appeared, the compendium could still have been used.
Instead, having allegedly been compromised, the National Officer of NUJ sent to conduct the election, Comrade Bamidele opted out of the election and later set up a 5-Man Caretaker Committee against the spirit of the NUJ constitution.
It could be recalled that Mr. Charles Aniagwu abandoned his official duty and came to Labour House, the venue of the NUJ election where he was alleged to be sharing money, drinks and pepper soup to sway voters to the side of his preferred chairmanship candidate.
It was further learnt that the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Orientation, Barr. Eugene Uzum later brought more money to join the CPS in the fraudulent bribing spree of journalists to vote Fidelis Egugbo.
Though it could not be ascertained if the Governor was in support of this gang up against Press Freedom; it was learnt that millions were allegedly released to support the candidature of Comrade Sir Fidelis Egugbo to succeed the Comrade Norbert Chiazor led Exco.
John Okoro writes from Asaba.