From Mohammed Abdullahi, Keffi
A Principal Correspondent with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Nasarawa State has emerged as the new Chairman of the Correspondent Chapel, Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nasarawa State Council.
Ukpoju emerged Chairman of the Chapel after defeating Mr Rabiu Omaku, of Universal Reporters, an online medium within the chapel election conducted over the weekend in Lafia the state capita.
Comrade Ukpoju pulled 15 votes to emerge as chairman while his rival.
Omaku scored 10 votes; also David Michael of Daily Independent pulled 14 votes to emerge as Treasurer while his opponent, Mohammed Yangida of Blue print scored 11 votes.
Our man reports that other positions; Vice Chairman, Secretary, financial Secretary, Auditor among others were unopposed.
The Nigerian Standard reports that the Correspondent Chapel is a chapel under the NUJ with a membership of 25 journalists from different media houses.
Announcing the result, Mr Abdullahi Shuaibu, Chairman of the Electoral Committee said Ukpoju pulled 15 votes to defeat Omaku who scored 10 votes.
In his acceptance speech, the chairman thanked the members for finding him worthy to pilot the affairs of the chapel, while promising to carry every member along to move the union forward.
“It is not a victory for us alone, this victory is dedicated to every member of the chapel, I want to sincerely congratulate my opponent, Omaku, we will work together, carry every member along to ensure that we move the chapel forward, “ he assured.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman NUJ Chapter in the state, Comrade Dogo Shamma, urged the newly elected officials to work toward uniting the members to adhere to the ethics of the profession.
Earlier, the outgoing chairman, Suleiman Abukabar, while urging the new EXCO to imbibe the spirit of tolerance and patience, charged them to champion the interest of members rather than narrow interest.