Nigeria2015: Imoke, Ndoma-Egba’s senatorial ambitions split Cross River journalists

Mr. Ndoma-Egba wishes to return to the senate in 2015 for a record fourth term

There is palpable tension in the Cross River State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalist, NUJ, over the alleged endorsement of the senate leader and senator representing Cross River Central Senatorial District, Victor Ndoma-Egba.

After Mr. Ndoma-Egba visited the council in January, an online news source, Cross River Watch, reported that the council had endorsed the senator for another term in the senate. The article was quoted in the state owned newspaper, The Nigerian Chronicle, in one of its weekend publications.

Rising from its January state congress, the Cross River NUJ, led by Ndoma Akpet, obviously embarrassed by the report, referred some of its members suspected to be behind the publication to the ethics and disciplinary committee of the Union chaired by Dennis Utang.

Mr. Utang subsequently summoned the editor-in-chief of the Nigerian Chronicle, Ogbang Akwaji, and the national vice chairman, South-South NUJ, Samuel Egbala.

As at the time of filling this report, the committee was yet to come up with its verdict.

Mr. Ndoma-Egba, who hopes to return to the senate in 2015 for a record fourth term, is said to be having a running battle with the state governor, Liyel Imoke, over the latter’s plan to vie for the same seat. Mr. Imoke would have completed his constitutionally permitted two-term as governor in 2015. Both men are from the same senatorial district.


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