Mr Emmanuel Ogbeche of The Abuja Inquirer on Saturday in Abuja emerged winner of the Chairmanship election to pilot the affairs of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Federal Capital Territory for another three years.

Out of the 520 accredited voters, and 518  votes casted, Ogbeche got 450 votes to defeat his opponent, Mr Donald Ugwu of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who scored 59 votes and nine votes were voided.

Other winners who were returned unopposed include Patrick Osadebamwen of The Tribune Newspaper as Vice Chairman, Ochiaka Ugwu of People’s Daily as Secretary and Aisha Kadala of Aso Radio and Television as Treasurer.

Other are Gloria Essien of Voice of Nigeria as Financial Secretary and Dorcas Jonah from NAN, Abuja Chapel as Assistant Secretary.

NAN reports that the votes were casted by Journalists from the 28 chapels in the Federal Capital Territory.

Ogbeche, who was two time Secretary of Council in the past has broken the jinx of one term leadership/Chairmanship in the Council.

His victory would see him piloting the affairs of the Council for the next three years, after which he would not contest again, because, the constitution of NUJ does not allow for more than two term on a particular position.

Meanwhile, Ogbeche, during his victory speech said he would consolidate and also improve on his previous achievements

On his defeated opponent, Ogbeche extended an olive branch to him, “For those who ran against us; without you this contest would have no meaning.

“We offer you a hand of friendship, we invite you to join us to take FCT NUJ to the next level. The ideas you have, please let it bear, we are willing to work with you. 

“We want to assure our partners and stakeholders that we are going to work.closely with you to achieve media independence, advocacy and rights of Journalist in the FCT and by extension, Nigeria,” Ogbeche said.

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