Story by Lekan Shobowale
The Oyo state Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Wednesday elected new executives to run the affairs of the union for the next three years.
Mr Demola Babalola of Fresh FM polled 179 votes to emerge chairman, defeating his only rival, Mr Adewumi Faniran of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria
(FRCN), who polled six votes.
Others members of the executive are Sola Oladapo of Federal Information Chapel who polled 175 votes to emerge, Secretary, while his rival, Bola Ogunlayi of Time Nigeria Magazine had 10 votes.
Akeem Abass of News Agency Of Nigeria won the post of treasurer after polling 167 votes to defeat Mrs. Busola Adetunji of the State Ministry of Information who polled 18 votes while Mr Abiodun Atilola of the state information ministry emerged as Finacial Secretary unopposed as well as Dauda Aderogba of local government informations officers as assistant Secretary.
There was wild jubilation after the conclusion of the election and announcement of results of the three positions contested for swearing-in of the newly elected officers was immediately conducted by Mr. Adebayo Salawu, an Ibadan based legal practitioner, in the presence of the Senior Assistant National Secretary of NUJ, Mr. Gbemiga Bamidele.
While speaking with journalists after the election, the new chairman Ademola Babalola promised to uphold the constitution of the union during his tenure as well as treat all members with fairness and equity as well as giving priority to their welfare.
He thank all members who supported him and pledged to lead the union and promise to be chairman to all.
” There is a better future for our union. The election has come and gone, we are
one big family in NUJ. I appeal to all and sundry to be part of this new
While assessing the processes, the deputy national publicity of the People’s Democratic Party who is also a veteran journalist Prince Diran Odeyemi and former chairman, Nigeria Union Of Journalists,Ogun State council Wole Sokunbi said journalists must always be good conscience of the society in all they do.
Some leaders of the union urged the new executives must reflect on the past and fulfill its promises to uplift the union.
Other members of the union assured of their readiness to support the new executives to achieve its laudable welfare programs for members.