From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Kogi Chapter, has re-elected Mrs Anne Olurinde of the State Information Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), as its chairperson for another three-year tenure.
Our Correspondent reports that Olurinde defeated her sole opponent in the race, Mrs Debra Samuel-Iyiola of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), with 33 to 20 votes in the keenly contested election at the NUJ Press Centre, Lokoja on Tuesday.
Alhaji Adeiza Momoh-Jimoh, chairman of the state council of NUJ, who served as the returning officer of the contest announced the return of Olurinde.
Our Correspondent also reports that those inaugurated alongside Olurinde include Joyce Haruna of Radio Nigeria, Prime FM, Vice Chairperson, Rabi Jibo of Radio Kogi, Secretary, Faith Abraham of Graphic Newspaper, Assistant Secretary; Grace Oguche of Information Chapel, Treasurer; Halima Isa of Radio Kogi Financial Secretary and Stella Edoka of Radio Nigeria, Prime FM Auditor.
Speaking shortly before the election, Momoh-Jimoh charged NAWOJ members to shun all forms of bitterness and acrimony and embrace any of the two contestants who emerged.
Momoh-Jimoh said, “Election is not war” and urged them to work together for the general good of the association.
“Whoever is going to emerge as winner from this election today is legitimate and should embrace the other person.
Alhaji Ali Atabor, a National Trustee of the NUJ also in his speech, said “I call on elected leaders to endear themselves to the members. Winners, be magnanimous and losers, don’t take it with bitterness because there’s always another day.
In her inaugural speech, Olurinde said the new executive would ensure that the association became more vibrant and its presence better felt in the state.
“Gentlemen of the press, with the opportunities and challenges that come with our acceptance to serve you, we are of the believe that this second journey will be eventful at the end of our tenure”, she promised.
Olurinde also promised that the new executive members would continue to partner with NUJ saying, “NAWOJ will continue to work together as a component part of the NUJ, because when a head is separated from the body, the body automatically becomes lifeless.”