Ogun NUJ: Parallel Executives Emerge As Federated Chapel Elects New Officers - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Monday, July 27, 2020

Ogun NUJ: Parallel Executives Emerge As Federated Chapel Elects New Officers


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The leadership crisis buffeting the Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ), Ogun State Council, appeared more evidential on Monday as one of its osprings, Federated Chapel, churned out factional executive officers from two separate  elections same day.

The separate outcomes from equally separate election venues, sharply reflected the leanings of the feuding combatants to the stool of the Ogun NUJ Chairmanship seat.

While the Editor-in-chief of the National Standard newspaper, Comrade Lanre Adegboyega, emerged Chairman of a faction of the Federated Chapel, Comrade Abu Satar Hamed was elected Chairman of the other faction.

Adegboyega emerged after voice votes of the  accredited members of the Chapel present at the chapel's Secretariat, Nawarudeen Road, Isabo, Abeokuta.

Other members who also emerged officers include Comr. Omotolani Lawal, Vice-chairman, kayode Akin-Samuel,  Secretary, Lekan Lisoye, Assistant Secretary, Sola Ajibike, Treasurer, Oluwafemi Abiodun, Financial Secretary, while Dauworthy Fathia was elected, Auditor.

In his acceptance speech, Comrade Adegboyega expressed the readiness of the new executive members to take the chapel to greater heights through various novel initiatives and programmes.

Among the dignitaries that witnessed the election were the Ogun State FIBAN chairman, Comrade Femi Omilani and Mr.Tajudeen Saheed.

For Comrade Abu Satar Hamed - led faction of the Federated Chapel, he was elected unopposed by 13 out of the 22 accredited members of the chapel through ballot voting at the NUJ Secretariat, Okelewo, Abeokuta.

Other elected executive are; Juwon Opayemi (Vice Chairman), Bolaji Adekunle (Secretary), Akinola Akindele (Treasurer) Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji (Asst. Secretary) and Jaji Olamilekan as Auditor. 
        •Abu Satar Hamed(in blue) & his team

In his acceptance speech, Comrade Abu Satar Hamed commended all members for their forthright and determination to reposition the chapel.

Abu Satar assured them of the new exco’s commitment to reposition the dignity of journalism profession through transparency, constant informing, educating and entertaining the general public through fresh and authentic news publications. 

He said: “We are poised to correct the erroneous impression in some quarters about our chapel.

“Our administration will not only look into the circumstances that gave rise to such attributions but will also make deliberate efforts to flush out those who are not qualified to be in our midst, these we shall do without losing sight of those who had been performing in the Industry for decades,  the ones that the NUJ constitution describes as Associate Members who can neither vote nor be voted for. 

“It is our resolve to build a virile union that will stand without the blemish of harbouring criminally minded individuals or charlatans that regards the union as mere meal tickets or the proverbial “pot of soup," he concluded.

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