NUJ kicks as Ondo Tribunal restricts journalists from covering judgement

The journalists that were expected to monitor the proceedings of the Ondo State Election Petition Tribunal, in Akure, were thrown into confusion, on Tuesday as they were restricted from covering the rescheduled judgement filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Eyitayo Jegede, challenging the victory of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in the Ondo October 20 governorship poll.

The Tribunal is holding the judgement virtually via zoom due to the ongoing strike action, by members of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).

It was gathered that the Tribunal’s Secretary, Mr Bako, refused to talk to newsmen before the reading of the judgment at 10:00 am, as the zoom passcode was changed.

The action, therefore, restricted journalists from covering the tribunal’s proceedings.

Some of the journalists, who could not hold their frustration, expressed disappointment over the ugly development.

The Ondo State NUJ Secretary, Leke Adegbite, in an interview, said the Tribunal’s Secretary has not been picking his calls since yesterday, adding that he only picked when a protest report was made.

Adegbite condemned the shut out of journalists from the court’s virtual judgment.