Excitement as Amosu emerges Ogun NUJ Chairman, Ewuoso; Secretary - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Saturday, March 30, 2019

Excitement as Amosu emerges Ogun NUJ Chairman, Ewuoso; Secretary

         Jubilant and Joyous journalists on Friday

It was all excitement and jubilation from journalists within and outside the precinct of Iwe - Iroyin House, Abeokuta, spilling joyously into the Oke - Ilewo road, of the state capital, Ogun state, as Com. Soji Amosu, emerged winner of the keenly contested chairmanship seat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ), Ogun State Council on Friday.

 Amosu, who until the election day, was the incumbent State Secretary of the Union, polled 164 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mrs Remi Olugbenro of the Paramount FM, Abeokuta, who garnered 141 votes while Abiodun Ogundipe of the Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation (OGBC) went home with 116 votes.

In the Vice - Chairmanship category, Kunle Olayeni of the Daily Telegraph polled 198 votes to win against his co - contestant; Daud Olanrewaju, of the Local Government Information unit, who scored 188 votes.

Also, Ayokunle Ewuoso of the State Ministry of Information, emerged Secretary with 224 votes. 

He defeated Oyebade Adegoke;  also of the  State Ministry of Information, who garnered 183 votes, while the Assistant Secretary seat went to
Taiwo Abiodun of the Daily Times newspaper; having polled a total of 198 votes. 

Abiodun floored Bisi Alarape of Ogun State Television(OGTV), who scored 188 votes.

Although, some journalists were deemed disenfranchised and attempt to assert their rights to vote, momentarily put a hiccup into the election as it progressed at a time, but those opposed to it on the side of sanity,  prevailed. 

However, many hailed the outcome of the election as a true reflection of the wishes of the people and a triumph of God's will over that of man.

Winners have since taken the Oath of office with expectations high in the minds of journalists within and outside the state that the new exco should urgently hit the ground running, return sanity, professionalism and unity to the union that is relentlessly buffeted by an alleged life of double standard.

Earlier before the election commenced, Operatives of the Police Explosive and  Ordinance Unit,  Ogun State Police Command, had  screened journalists to rule out any presence of explosive device or bomb, ostensibly to ensure the safety of lives and properties as they filed into Iweiroyin House to elect the new set of executives.

Men from the Anti - bomb Squad stationed strategically by the door, were sighted  screening eligible journalist - voters, with their sensors before granting them access.

The tenure of Com. Wole Jonathan Shokunbi - led executive expired since last year but it managed to  enjoy a three month of grace as allowed by the constitution of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to make room for the election of new set of leaders.

The out - going Chairman, Wole Shokunbi, who justified the presence of the Police Explosive and Ordinance unit at Iweiroyin on election day,  told The Daily Crucible that the Police Anti - Bomb Squad were on ground  to "ensure  security, safeguard lives and properties," advising voters to conduct themselves peacefully and orderly as they cast ballots for the candidates of their choice.

- Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

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