By Temitope Adedeji.
On Monday, November 3, 2014 6:36 AM,
Ondo NUJ elects
The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ ), Ondo State Council has elected new executive officers at the weekend.
The new state Executive included, James Sowole of This Day Newspaper (Chairman) , Adetona Aderoboye of Ondo State Local Government Service ( Vice Chairman), Leke Adegbite, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria ( General Secretary) and Doris Olumoko of Nigerian Television Authority (NTA ).
In the election, which was supervised by the Vice Chairman of the Union in B Zone, Mr Dele Atunbi and some other National Officers, and took place at the Press Centre of the Union, Algbaka, Akure, the state capital , Sowole polled 142 votes to become the chairman, defeating Mr Taiwo Ibitoye of the Ondo State Radio-vision Corporation [OSRC], the incumbent Chairman, Akin Owanikin of State Ministry of Information and Mr Boluwaji Ajijo also OSRC who scored 120, 19 and 5 votes respectively .
Similarly, Adegbite FRCN emerged as the General Secretary of the Union, having polled 214 votes to beat his opponent , Adenaoola Lanre of State Ministry of Information, who scored 77 votes.
Also, Doris Olumoko of NTA scored 195 votes to become the Treasurer of the Union after beating Adeola Adekunle of Adaba FM who had 92 votes . However, Aderoboye was elected the Vice Chairman of the Union unopposed.
The executives have since been sworn in immediately after the results of the election were announced.
In his speech during the inaugurating of the new state executives members, the National President of NUJ ,Represented by National Deputy President, Prince Rotimi Obamuagun , described the election as the most credible and peaceful in the history of the Union nation- wide.
He then tasked the new officers to bring effective and lasting positive change to the Union.
In his acceptance speech , the newly elected Chairman James Sowole expressed his gratitude to all journalists in Ondo state for the opportunity given him to serve them, commending other contestants for showing maturity after the result of the election was announced , saying ‘’ there is no victor no vanquished in the election’’.
He also urged all journalists in the state to join hands with his team to work together for the success of the Union In the state, promising to make members welfare his topmost priority and also to promote journalism profession to the greater height .