Emmanuel Ogbeche of the Abuja Inquirer Newspaper has emerged as the new chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), the Federal Capital Territory *FCT) Council. Ogbeche defeated Hajiya Rafatu Salami of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) by 338 votes to 193.
Report has it that in the elections were still keely contested.
Candidates and their supporters had thronged the NUJ FCT Council Press Centre at Utako as from 8 a.m., with electioneering campaign and other related activities very intense.
In the race for other posts, Patrick Osadebamwen of Core TV News pulled 305 votes to defeat Osisam Ede who got 202 votes for the Vice-Chairman’s position even as Ochiaka Ugwu of People’s Daily newspaper became the new Secretary of the Council unopposed.
Dorcas Jonah of News Agency of Nigeria was returned unopposed as Financial Secretary of the Council while the position of Treasurer went to Aisha Kadala of Aso Radio who polled 254 votes to defeat the incumbent, Blessing Adewole of Kakaaki magazine with 240 votes.
Walter Ukaegbu of the Sun Newspapers was returned unopposed also as the Auditor of the Council.
NAN reports that the position of Assistant Secretary, which was not contested for at the elections, would be filled through a by-election at a later date.
The new members of the NUJ FCT Council Executive Committee have since taken their oath of office. [myad]