How Odusile lost NUJ pres­i­dency to Isiguzo

Sunday Trust - - MEDIA - From Pe­ter Moses, Abeokuta

The main hall of the pop­u­lar June 12 Cul­tural Cen­tre, Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State cap­i­tal, was the turf. And 33 con­tes­tants, whose fate were de­cided by 908 del­e­gates, bat­tled for var­i­ous po­si­tions, overnight, in the Nige­ria Union of Jour­nal­ists (NUJ).

Amid high in­trigues and po­lit­i­cal ma­neu­ver­ing, Wa­heed Odusile lost re­elec­tion as the Pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria Union of Jour­nal­ists (NUJ), to the South­East Bureau Chief of This­day News­pa­pers, Chris Isiguzo.

For three days, jour­nal­ists from across the 36 states and the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT), “re­lo­cated” to Abeokuta for the “bat­tle.”

Isiguzo got 346 votes to de­feat Odusile who re­ceived 329 votes.

The Head, Na­tional Head of In­for­ma­tion and Pub­lic Af­fairs, Nige­ria Labour Congress, Ben­son Upah an­nounc­ing the re­sults as the Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer de­clared Isiguzo win­ner of the elec­tion that had seven con­tes­tants.

He said Bamidele Atunbi had 101 votes, Abio­dun Olalere, 56 votes, Ja­cob Edi, 16 votes, Alademka Adel­e­gan, 9 votes and Uzaka Abra­ham got 30 votes.

The poll was the cli­max of the 6th Del­e­gates’ Con­fer­ence with the theme: “Me­dia, Hate Speeches and 2019 Gen­eral Elec­tion in Nige­ria: A Demo­cratic Par­tic­i­pant or Democra­tised Press,” which be­gan on Wed­nes­day.

But it was not all cam­paign­ing as on Thurs­day night, Pro­fes­sor Muyiwa Popoola of the Ajayi Crowther Uni­ver­sity, tak­ing a lead on theme of the con­fer­ence chal­lenged me­dia prac­ti­tion­ers to be guided by its ethics at all times with a view to curb­ing hate speeches ahead of next elec­tion.

Also in a mes­sage to the con­fer­ence, the Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Cul­ture, Lai Mo­hammed rep­re­sented by the Deputy Di­rec­tor of In­for­ma­tion, Mrs Omo­lara Esan charged Nige­rian Jour­nal­ists to carry-out their pro­fes­sional du­ties with all fair­ness and cred­i­bil­ity that it re­quires.

He chal­lenged the NUJ to re­spect the will of Nige­ri­ans in the dis­charge of their jour­nal­is­tic duty hint­ing that it was the best way to pre­serve the county’s democ­racy at this crit­i­cal time.

The Ogun State Gover­nor, Sen­a­tor Ibikunle Amo­sun rep­re­sented by his deputy, Mrs Ye­tunde Onanuga said Jour­nal­ism does not only serve as a watch­dog in the so­ci­ety but also as a pre­server of democ­racy and a ve­hi­cle of jus­tice.

“Jour­nal­ism, be­ing the Fourth Es­tate of the realm has oner­ous task to per­form in the so­ci­ety. Jour­nal­ists must make sure they thrive al­ways in the so­ci­ety and not the other way round,” the gover­nor said.

In his in­au­gu­ral ad­dress, Isiguzo vowed to pur­sue vig­or­ously is­sues of wel­fare for jour­nal­ists and tackle head-long the foun­da­tional chal­lenges con­fronting the NUJ.

New Pres­i­dent of NUJ, Chris Isiguzo ad­min­is­ter­ing oath of of­fice on the na­tional and zonal ex­ec­u­tives of the union

Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer, Ben­son Upah (Mid­dle) an­nounc­ing re­sults

Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer, Ben­son Upah con­grat­u­lat­ing Isiguzo shortly af­ter he had taken oath of of­fice

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