Edith CHUKU/ Doris ANYANEBECHI/Gift BARIKWA
The Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim has urged journalists in the state to be of good conduct as they exercise their franchise in the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ election, today.
The Commissioner gave this charge while addressing newsmen at the NUJ press center, shortly before the commencement of the election.
According to him, “I want to thank Stanley and Paul and members, I don’t want to be using that word liberation and consolidation, it just looks as if we are a divided family, for Paul and Stanley, I’d like to thank you and your supporters for yielding the call for peace, if both of you and your supporters did not agree, we won’t be here this morning.
“I am here just to celebrate the peace that we have found in NUJ Rivers State council.
“For those who know me, I don’t know how to mix words, as many that came to me while this family misunderstanding was going on, I made my position, as the father of the union by God’s special grace, Stanley here is my person, Paul here is my person, let the better candidate win, and I think that’s a position a good father will take when your two children are contesting an election.
“We should not allow the devil escalate the misunderstanding of a family. We have had our misunderstanding, by God special grace, we have resolved our misunderstanding.
“We are here today to elect our leaders, those who will lead the NUJ, please vote your conscience, after this election there will be no Victor, no vanquish, those who will win please be magnanimous in victory, those who will lose please exhibit the spirit of sportsmanship.”
He warned that, “anybody we find trying to incite something that will cause division here we will tag that person the enemy of the year. We will name and shame the person.”
Nsirim further commended the National president of the NUJ, Chris Isiguzo, “I want to paste on record that the national President of the NUJ, Comrade Chris Isiguzo, was so supportive for us to achieve this peace, people will call him names, but I owe him a lot of gratitude for supporting me to bring us together.”