By Rahila Abdullahi, Kaduna,
A veteran broadcaster and head of operations for Freedom Radio Kaduna, Abubakar Jidda Usman, has added his voice to the raging debate arising from the screening of aspirants contesting the NUJ Kaduna Council election, saying the national leadership of the union should have the final say on the qualification or otherwise of candidates standing for election.
He made this known while receiving the Chairman of NUJ Kaduna.
Comrade Asma’u Yawo Halilu and members of her team, comprising Daniel Duniya, Santos Gambo, Vice Chairman, and Secretary, respectively.
Jidda revealed that he was a chairmanship aspirant for the Kaduna NUJ election in 1995 but was disqualified and later reinstated by the national leadership of the union to take part in the race.
The veteran broadcaster explained further that constitutional provisions guiding the conduct of elections were explicit in reserving final review of the decision of the 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 the 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 as chairman of Kaduna Council NUJ.
I must commend the doggedness, passion, and zeal of the next Chairman of the Council. I learned she is now unopposed, which I consider being a welcome development for the unity of all members, “he said.
Asma’u and her team hit the ground running by ridding the profession of quack elements parading as journalists as soon as she assumed Chairmanship of the council on December 18, 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 of the welfare of all members of the Union and carry along with stakeholders in the decision-making process of her administration.