By Hannah Nathan, Warri
Oluwagbemiga Olakunle Eludire, the Chairman of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, Osun State Chapter, has stated that the union solely defends the rights of its members.
Eludire added that the union was not fighting Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo, the state’s troubled Chief Judge, and that the strike would go on until orders to the contrary.
In an interview conducted on Friday in Osogbo, he revealed this, saying that no one could possibly be affected by any decision the union’s national body might have made against the state chapter.
“The statement of the National Headquarters of JUSUN is unwarranted. To the best of my knowledge, our common interests and the improved working conditions of our members ought to be paramount.
“For anyone to be depicting the struggle of our oppressed members for freedom and better treatment as illegal, such a person should also be challenged for conspiracy.
“We are fighting a good course and it is to the satisfaction of our members. At this juncture, the JSC should intervene and sit on all our demands for necessary attention.
”We have not done anything contrary to law. There may be a technical hitch among us. We believe that a drastic issue deserves drastic action and that is why you see us in this condition,” Eludire said.
He claimed that the union was approached by the Conference of Judges to have a conversation, and spaces have been set aside for it.
It was recalled that the union’s National Secretariat had instructed that none of its members should engage in any unlawful picketing, protest, or other activity under any pretenses, in a circular signed by Emmanuel Abioye, the Deputy President of the union.
The state’s judiciary employees were also urged by the national JUSUN organization to refrain from being willing instruments in the hands of political parties.