The crisis engulfing the Enugu State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Saturday took a new dimension when journalists insisted that the imposed chairman, Rex Arum, should not receive the COVID-19 pallatives on their behalf.
Trouble started when the aggrieved journalists led by the Vice President of NUJ, Zone C, Comrade Petrus Obi, advised the State Commissioner for Information, Chidi Aroh, to distribute the pallatives on individual basis, alleging that Arum infiltrated the union with miscreants.
But not for the quick intervention of the Information Commissioner, the the squabble at NUJ Press Center would have escalated as the faction led by Arum threatened fire and brime stone if the pallatives were not given to him and his acolytes.
To stem the ugly situation, the Commissioner after due consultation from the warring factions ordered for the return of the pallatives pending when the journalists reconcile their differences.
In an interview NUJ Vice President, South East, Prince Petrus Obi said,
“I am surprised that some people are blaming government for the crisis in NUJ. Did Government tell anyone not to go to school?
“The problem in NUJ which journalists displayed today is an attempt by Chris Isiguzo, the embattled President of NUJ to impose an illiterate on Enugu State NUJ council.
“Rex did not go to school. He therefore lacks the requisite requirement prescribed by the NUJ constitution to lead journalists and journalists in Enugu has said no.
“The impasse on the state council election in 2019 prompted the setting up of a caretaker committee in line with the NUJ constitution headed by an acting chairman Comrade Chinedu Adonu.
“Today, the Enugu State government in its magnanimity delivered a truck load of palliatives to journalists and they refused Rex to collect it on their behalf.
“He (Rex) also refused the palliatives to be shared on individual basis having gathered his likes, non journalists.
“He (Rex) even threatened the Government team lead by the commissioner of information that blood will flow at the press centre if the distribution proceeded.
‘To avoid such situation, government in its wisdom returned the palliatives to the government house.