By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
The Osun State Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), on Monday elected officials that will pilot the affairs of the chapel for the next three for three years.
The State Correspondent of Daily Post Online Newspaper, Mr Olaniyi Ajibola emerged the Chairman of the Chapel.
Ajibola, polled a total of 18 votes to defeat the former Chairman, Hameed Oyegbade of Daily Trust Newspaper, with 10 votes.
Also, Lateef Dada of the Blueprint Newspapers polled 19 votes to emerge as Secretary while his opponent, Yinka Salam of the Voice of Nigeria, (VON) got 9 votes.
In his acceptance speech, the newly elected Chairman, described his victory as a call to service, saying he was ready to justify the confidence reposed in him by members, and uphold high professional standard.
According to him, journalism remains an illumination and conscience of the society, which saddled media practitioners with obligation of setting agenda for socioeconomic development and political advancement.
“Without mincing words, this is a dawn of a new era in our chapel, it is indeed an era of high professional standard, an era of accountability and transparency as a way of living up to our statutory obligation as the conscience of the society and determinant of public discourse through agenda setting.
“We shall continue to do more in our quest to objectively and accurately report our society in such a way that engender all round development and positive political culture”, he resorted.
Ajibola, a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife was a former Parliamentarian at the Students’ Representative Council .
He was later elected as the Chairman of Electoral Commission /Acting President of the Students’ Union of the citadel.
He started his media career with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) before joining one of the leading Online platforms in Nigeria (Daily Post) as its State Correspondent in Osun State.
He was the immediate past Secretary of the chapel, and former member of the Osun NUJ Peace and Reconciliation Committee.
Alos, the state Chairman of NUJ, Comrade Kehinde Ayantunji, commended members of the Correspondents’ Chapel for conducting themselves in a peaceful manner during the process.
He promised that the state council will continue to support the chapel, saying “it is time all of us must come together as a formidable organization to redefine our operation and style.
The Zonal Secretary, Comrade Bamigbola Gbolagunte, called on members to unite and continue to be a good example to politicians.
“You have shown to the partisan politician that NUJ can serve as good example. Let us unite together. Do not be the Chairman of a section of the Correspondents’ Chapel. Try to carry all members along and give them the opportunity to contribute to the progress and development of the chapel.”
Mr Jide Idowu of the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN), returned unopposed as treasurer, Ayobami Agboola of Oodua as Assistant Secretary and Mrs Yetunde Oladejo of WESTERNPOST as the financial Secretary.
The Chairman of the credential committee, Michael Olanrewaju, said that supplementary would be conducted for the post of Vice Chairman and Auditor.