Ekpo Okemini, Umuahia
The Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abia State council has threatened to boycott activities of the state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, unless he sacks his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Enyinnaya Appolos.
This is sequel to a petition by the council to the governor over alleged antagonism, impudence, and contentious treatment of its leadership and members against the CPS.
The council has accused him of alleged courting of enmity in the media for the governor through unguarded utterances, poor human relations, impudence and unbridled arrogance.
The petition was signed by Chairman and Secretary of the council, John Emejor and Uche Arungwa respectively as well as their counterparts of its four chapels namely, BCA, State Information, Correspondents’ and Pacesetter FM Radio.
This is coming barely six months after the Correspondents Chapter of NUJ kept away from the Government House and Ikpeazu’s activities following repeated antagonism against them by the CPS.
The council said it had continued to restrain the members from engaging him frontally to avoid a breakout of media war between the governor and media organizations in the country.
“We, therefore, decided to send this petition, considering the far-reaching consequences such an ugly scenario would have on your relationship with the media in Abia in particular and the nation in general,” they noted.
The council maintained that it was fully convinced that the CPS lacks demonstrable courtesies and mannerism to work and nurture a cordial relationship between the governor and the media in the state.
It advised Ikpeazu to engage a qualified, seasoned and experienced professional journalist, who can competently manage his media and build a healthy and robust relationship with the media in his stead.
Assuring the governor that the council bears him and his administration no grudges, they added that they should continue to partner with him in his quest to reposition the state.
The council copied the offices of the deputy governor, secretary to the state government (SSG), deputy chief of staff, Government House, the state commissioner for Information and Strategies.
Others are the national president of the union and vice president, Zone C (South East).