ThisDay Newspaper’s South East Bureau Chief – Enugu Zone- Mr Chris Isiguzo has been voted the National President of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
The NUJ general election was held at the June 12 Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Friday.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the Nigeria Labour Congress National Head of Information and Public Affairs, Mr Benson Upah who served as the Returning Officer declared Mr Isiguzo winner.
Mr Isiguzo who is the first Igbo man to be elected NUJ National President gathered 346 votes to defeat the incumbent President, Waheed Odusile, who scored 329 votes.
Mr Bamidele Atunbi had 101 votes, Abiodun Olalere, 56 votes, Jacob Edi, 16 votes, while Alademika Adelegan had 9 votes and Uzaka Abraham got 30 votes to emerge third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.
Mohammed She was also elected the National Treasurer while Muhamod Umar was elected National Auditor in an election said to be peaceful.
Yusuf Idris was elected vice president Zone A, Cosmos Olalekan was elected VP Zone B Petrus Samfochi won the election for Zone C and Wilson Bako was elected VP Zone D.
Ogunle Akpati was elected VP Zone F, Izma Abdullahi was elected Secretary Zone A, while Suleiman Gimba won the Secretary seat for Zone E.
In his acceptance speech, Mr Isiguzo said the major focus of his administration would be welfare of Nigerian journalists.
“I assure that time to rescue the union has started; you will be proud of us. We won’t disappoint you.
” We will unveil our programme of actions in the coming days. The days you work and you will not receive your salary are gone.
“The immediate past president has congratulated me with other co-contestants. I want to dedicate this victory to all Nigerian journalists,” he said.