Despite recent judgement of an Industrial Court sitting in Owerri nullifying the tenure elongation of the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) starting from the local government areas to the national, Comrade Richard Eze has insisted that there is no vacancy in the leadership structures of the union as the union has promptly filed a motion on notice for an order of stay of execution of the judgement as well as appealed against the judgement.
Eze who is the Imo State Chairman of NULGE, stated this over the weekend in Owerri while briefing Journalists and stakeholders at the Port-Harcourt Road state Secretariat of the union.
According to him “There’s no leadership vacancy in NULGE structures as the union has filled a motion on notice for an order of stay of execution of the Industrial Court judgement of suit No NINC/OW/36/2018 as well as appealed against the judgement in an Appeal Court of Nigeria in Owerri judicial division with Appeal No CA/OW/281/2019.
There’s calmness and normalcy in the leadership structure of the union even though the trial judge allegedly erred in law by nullifying the tenure elongation granted to all elected officiers of the union based on the doctrine of necessity and rectified through the Union’s constitution amendment during her Special Delegates Conference held in Akure,Ondo State on the 13th of June,2016 ” he informed.
The union leader further pointed out that the appeal is necessitated by their dissatisfaction with the ruling of the trial judge whom he alleged erred in law arguing that he assumed original juridiction on the matter and went ahead to grant the reliefs sort by the claimants – Uzoma Ekeanyanwu and others.
Adding his voice, Barr. Bethel Nwankwo, who is the leading counsel for NULGE said that he is very optimistic that the Appeal Court will vindicate his client based on legal precedents and therefore assured them not to panic.
Following the appeal and the motion on notice for an order of stay of execution filed against the Industrial Court judgement, the National Secretariat of NULGE has written and circulated a letter dated 12th July,2019 with title: The Need For All NULGE Members To Remain Calm.
The letter reinformed members of NULGE that there’s no leadership vacuum in the nationwide leadership structure of the union despite the judgement as the leadership have promptly taking all the necessary legal steps as directed by her team of legal Advisers.
Following the national Secretariat directives Comrade Victor Adebayo, the Imo State Secretary of NULGE said that he has equally communicated to all relevant government functionaries and authorities as well as the union officials in the 27 council areas in the state as some detractors of the union have been dishing out falsehood.
Adebayo also enjoined all the chairmen of the Interim Management Committees of the local government areas as well as their Directors of Accounts and General Services (DAGS) and Treasures to continue to accord the state and local branches of the union all the necessary supports and cooperations.