ADEOLA Taibat Ekine, an employee of the Lagos State government, has emerged winner of the just concluded Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, Lagos State chapter election held at the Multipurpose Hall of the Eko FM/Radio Lagos on Thursday, May 23.
Ekine, a public affairs officer with the Ministry of Information and Strategy defeated Sekinat Lawal, the immediate past chairman of the association, with 296 as against 16 votes.
In the same contest, Bunmi Yekini, a staff of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, was elected vice chairperson, defeating Tessy Igomu of The SUN Newspaper by 297 to 11 votes.
Before the election, one of the contestants for the post of the NAWOJ Chairperson, Patience Okoh of Federal Ministry of Information withdrew from the race.
Despite initial disagreement over payment of membership dues, the election was concluded with the majority of voters casting their votes for Ekine whom they believed would address alleged perceived injustice that existed within the association in the past three years.
In her acceptance speech, Ekine described her victory as “a new dawn”, saying that it has demonstrated that the NAWOJ members want a change in the affairs of the association.
She appealed to other contestants to sheath their swords and rally round the new executive to build a new and virile association, promising to run an all-inclusive, transparent and passionate administration.
The election was supervised by members of the national body of the association and closely monitored by Toro Oladapo, a former NAWOJ national president.
Contestants for other positions who represented other media houses had earlier been returned unopposed.
– May 24, 2019 @ 16:45 GMT |