Ogun NUJ : Correspondents' Chapel Gets Parallel Chairmen - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, September 3, 2020

Ogun NUJ : Correspondents' Chapel Gets Parallel Chairmen

From Babalola Gafar, Abeokuta

The crisis rocking the Ogun State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ) rubbed off on yet another of the Council's offspring - Correspondents' Chapel, as parallel chairmen emerged after a keenly contested Chapel election.

While Mr Laide Raheem of The Sun newspapers emerged Chairman of the Chapel, having polled 17 votes during the election conducted on Wednesday and subsequently sworn - in immediately along with other contestants, who were returned unopposed,  Razaq Ayinla of the Business Day and who polled 12 votes, was also sworn - in later, in a separate ceremony. 

Those who emerged unopposed - winners and took their Oath of office along with Laide Raheem at the Chapel Secretariat, Isabo, Abeokuta, are Sulaimon Fasasi of Daily Independent (Secretary), Ernest Nwokolo of the Nation (Treasurer), Bankole Taiwo of the News Direct (Asst. Secretary) and James Ogunnaike of the Vanguard (Vice Chairman).

Mr Razaq Ayinla took his Oath of Office at the Ogun State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ) Secretariat (Iweiroyin) located at Okelewo, Abeokuta, the state capital in a ceremony conducted by the Council's Caretaker Chairman, Omolola Adeyinka. 

The Chapel's Counsel sworn - in Laide Raheem and others.

Speaking after his inauguration,  Raheem, said that his victory belonged to God and equally dedicated the victory to all the members of the Chapel.

He added that the contest should be seen by all as no victory no vanquished, calling for the support and cooperation of the chapel members.

Raheem, however, promised to work for the unity and progress of the Chapel, submitting that welfare of members, renovation of the secretariat, repositioning the chapel among others would formed the fulcrum of his administration.

For Razaq Ayinla, the Regional Editor of Business Day Newspaper, the Council held that he emerged unopposed following the alleged disqualification of the chairmanship candidature of Laide Raheem.

And earlier in a statement issued by the state Council of NUJ,  Raheem was disqualified for alleged presentation of multiple letters of appointments and non-attainment of the prerequisites number of years in practice before being eligible to run in Chapel's elections. 

The statement signed by the Council's Caretaker Chairman, Omolola Adeyinka, called on the former leadership of the Chapel to handover the Chapel's property to the new leadership, calling on other members to cooperate with Mr. Ayinla in the interest of peace. 

Other members of the Chapel's executive who emerged unopposed are; Fasasi Sulaiman of Daily Independent (Secretary) while Ernest Nwokolo of The Nation newspaper was also returned unopposed as Treasurer. 

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