- The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has opposed Senator Dino Melaye's award
- Abdulwaheed Odusile, the national president of NUJ said the award is illegal
- Odusile also noted that the Senate Press Corps meant to present the accolade to Melaye is not recognized by the NUJ constitution
The Nigeria Union of Journalists on Monday, October 9, declared that the proposed ‘Senator of the Year Award’ set to be presented to Senator Dino Melaye is illegal.
Reports have it that the Senate Press Corps had earlier nominated Melaye and 14 other senators for series of awards, slated to hold today, Monday, October 9, at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.
Abdulwaheed Odusile, the national president of NUJ and Ella Abechi, the chairman of FCT council of the union, said the union had cancelled the proposed award ceremony.
NUJ said the Press Corps of the Senate was not recognized by the constitution of the NUJ and so it has no locus standi to present award to the lawmakers.
Odusile said: ''The award purportedly by the Senate Press Corp of the Union is illegal as the body is not recognized by the NUJ constitution to give any award to anybody.
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''The union dissociates itself from the so-called conferment as it did not comply with the provision of the constitution of NUJ on such issues, hence the nullification of the award.''
According to Ella, ''By this announcement, the chairman Abuja council FCT, Ella Abechi, has called off the award ceremony slated for this evening at Sheraton Hotel and towers, as the award is illegal and lacks legitimacy by the constitution of the NUJ.’’
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Melaye served a restraining order on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Melaye in a tweet said the electoral body has been served an order restraining it from further action as ordered by the court.
Kogi West Senatorial Disctrict in a move to recall Melaye - on NAIJ.com TV.