By Enyim Enyim
ONITSHA—The protracted crisis in the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Anambra State chapter, weekend took a turn for the worse when the union, after its state executive council meeting, suspended 11 of its members for anti- union activities.
Those suspended are Chudi Orakwue, Ejikeme A. E, Nwankwo Ikemefunna, Obiefuna Onyekachi, Anatogu Frank, Nwafor Stephen, Obumselu George, Okoye Lazarus, Nwata Stanley, Nwafor Augustine and Nzeli Chukwuma.
Speaking to reporters in his office, the state president, Mr Jerry Nnubia, said the SEC members, who are also branch chairmen in some of the local government councils, disregarded the union’s constitution in carrying out their duties.
According to Nnubia, the suspended officers, in the course of their duties, dragged the union into politics, writing letters to the state government demanding that the union check off dues be paid to them directly, contrary to the provisions of the union’s constitution.
“ The union is not partisan, any of our members who want to play politics should resign and join politics and not to drag the union into politics.
“We are not partisan. We support the government of the state governor, Mr Peter Obi, and we will continue to support him but that does not make us partisan”.
However, the NULGE boss said the union would re-accept the suspended members if they showed serious remorse for their action.
Reacting to their suspension, the officers, led by Chudi Orakwue, described it as laughable, saying Nnubia and his loyalists had no 2/3 majority stipulated by the union constitution for such decision or resolution to be taken.
According to Orakwue, “the SEC comprises 30 members and 20 members formed the 2/3 majority while the members that took the decision at the SEC were only 17, as 13 of them absented from the meeting because of the threat to their lives by their state president.”
They accused the NULGE president of high handedness, gross misconduct and financial impropriety as well as utter disregard for the union’s constitution.