NUJ Elects Isiguzo as President, Other Officers for Journalism Body
The Seventh Triennial Delegates’ Conference of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has elected Chris Isiguzo for a second term in office as President.
Isiguzo polled 665 votes to defeat his opponent, Yusuf Idris, from Kaduna State Council of NUJ, who scored 15 votes.
The Returning Officer, Mr Joe Ajaero, said that 704 delegates were accredited for the election, which took place at the Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia.
Ajaero, who is the Deputy President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, said there were 934 registered delegates, adding that 22 votes were voided.
Four other members of Isiguzo’s team were returned unopposed in an election that was generally peaceful.
The elected candidates included Mr Alhassan Abdullahi (National Deputy President), Mr Dele Atunbi (National Treasurer), Mr Samuel Dada (National Financial Secretary) and Mrs Ladi Emmanuel (National Internal Auditor).
In Zone C, Mr Emmanuel Ifesinachi and Mrs Adiukwu Ezenwa were returned unopposed as Vice President and Secretary, respectively.
Also, Mr Sambo Korede and Alege Abdulrazak were returned unopposed as Vice President and Secretary for B Zone, respectively.
In Zone E, Zara Baba and Mr Gimba Suleiman were returned unopposed as the Vice President and Secretary, respectively.
In other contested positions for the Vice President in Zone D, Mr Christopher Atsaka polled 93 votes to defeat Mr Atabor Ali and Mr Garba Iliya, who scored 57 and 14 votes, respectively.
Also in Zone D, Mr Samson Aji scored 108 votes as against Mr Fadeyi Adeola’s 58 votes for Secretary.
Muhammad Umar emerged Vice President, Zone A, after polling 37 votes to defeat Abdullahi Yanadi, who scored one vote.
For the office of the Secretary in Zone D, Bello Abdulrazak polled 35 votes to defeat Zainab Rigim, who scored two votes.
In Zone F, Dokubo Opakamaba scored 99 votes to defeat Nene Affia, who polled 40 votes for Vice President.
John Angesse garnered 107 votes to defeat Stanley Imgbi, who polled 33 votes, for the position of the Secretary.
The elected officers were immediately sworn in at the conference, which recorded a large turnout of journalists across the country.
Delegates from 32 state councils attended the conference.
In an acceptance speech, Isiguzo thanked members for the “overwhelming support” given to him and other members of the outgone National Working Committee of the union.
He called on every member to join hands with him in his quest to reposition the union, promising to do much better in his second term.
GOCOP Elects Chigbo, Danlami as President, Deputy among others for Body of Online Publishers
The Publisher of Realnews, Maureen Chigbo, has emerged as the new president of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers (GOCOP) for the next two years.
She takes over from the publisher of The Eagle Online Mr. Dotun Oladipo after he served out two terms.
Maureen was elected the fourth President of GOCOP alongside 14 others as the new set of Executive Committee (Exco) at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Guild on Wednesday, October 6, at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.
Also elected were Mr Danlami Nmodu, mni as the Deputy President, Mr Ken Ugbechie as Vice President, South; Mr Tom Chaiheman emerged Vice President, North; Mr Collins Edomaruse as General Secretary, Mr Olumide Iyanda as Deputy Secretary-General; Remmy Nweke as Publicity Secretary, Azu Arinze as Financial Secretary, whereas Mrs Yemisi Izuora emerged the Treasurer.
Equally at the AGM Messrs Max Amuchie, Horatius Egua, James Ume; Akeem Oyetunji; Raymond Ukaegbu and Tony Edike were elected Zonal Coordinators for the North Central; North East, North West, South West, South-South and South East, respectively.
In her acceptance speech on behalf of her new exco team, Maureen Chigbo pledged to do her best in uplifting the ideals of GOCOP and credibility of members with the support and cooperation of the group.
The 2021 GOCOP Election Committee was chaired by Yusuf Ozi-Usman, publisher of Greenbarge Reporters while Afolabi Odeyemi was the Secretary. Other members of the committee include Dr. Monday Ashibogwu, Mr. Wole Tokede, and Mr. Kazeem Akintunde.
GOCOP is a registered non-governmental, non-partisan, non-profit organisation, comprising owners of Online Publications, who previously worked as professional journalists in major mainstream media organisations.
The newly elected exco will be inaugurated on Thursday at the same venue.