By Ikeugonna Eleke
Dr Odogwu Emeka Odogwu, a lecturer in the Mass Communication Department of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, has emerged the new chairman of the Anambra State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ)
He was declared the winner of the very keenly contested election by the chairman of the electoral committee, headed by Mr Victor Agusiobo, a veteran journalist, and two-term chairman of the state council.
The winner, Odogwu, is also a senior editor with Authority Newspapers, owned by the Senator representing Anambra South Zone, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.
He polled 110 votes out of the total number of 213 votes cast in the election, which was held at Godwin Ezeemo Press Centre, Awka.
Odogwu’s rival, Mr Abuchi Onwumelu, a senior reporter with Fides Newspaper, polled 103 votes.
Another contestant, and the immediate past state secretary of the union, Mr Emma Udeagha, who was contesting for the same chairmanship position, failed to attract any vote, even as he failed to turn up for the election.
Also, Mrs Ngozi Obileri, an editor with the Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) emerged as the Vice Chairman of the council, after polling 142 votes to defeat her rival, Mrs Betty Onuchukwu who polled 71 votes.
Other officers of the council elected are: Mr Aloy Ofordile as Secretary; Mr Ogemdi Ozoeamena as treasurer; Mrs Ifeayinwa Iloanya as auditor, John Ndu as financial secretary, and Mr Okechukwu Onuegbu as assistant Secretary.
The contestants displayed a spirit of sportsmanship by congratulating one another, even as the winners were immediately sworn in for a three year term.
One of the chairmanship aspirants, Comrade Sir Onwumelu, in congratulating Dr Odogwu, pledged to work harmoniously with the new executive to push the council forward and asked his supporters to do same.
In his acceptance speech, Odogwu assured all of an all-inclusive government; even as he promised to fulfill his campaign promises.