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Quasim Akinreti emerges chairman, Lagos NUJ

The Assistant Director News at the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Dr. Quasim Akinreti has polled a total of 288 votes to emerge the winner of the 2017 chairmanship election of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Lagos council at the weekend, reports ITRealms.

The election which took place at the Lagos State TV auditorium, left his only contender to the position, Mr Adeleye Ajayi of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), with 272 votes.

Also joining Dr. Akinreti in the new Lagos council executive committee includes Mrs Abiola Beckley of Daar Communications who emerged the vice chairperson with 282 votes against Mr Innocent Anaba of Vanguard Newspapers, who scored 275 votes. While others officers were returned unopposed.

In his acceptance speech, Akinreti described the victory as a defining moment in the history of Lagos NUJ and commended the elders of the profession and the immediate past leadership led by Mr. Deji Elumoye

He pledged to work with every member of the council, assuring there would be no victimization, stressing the need for an all-inclusive NUJ in Lagos Council under his watch.

“… We will run an open door administration, we do not have monopoly of knowledge and I want to assert that we are all winners in this election. God willing, I will serve you assiduously as I have promised and I will open my arms to everyone because we all have a common goal, which is to move Lagos NUJ forward,” Akinreti asserted.

He called those who may have offended one another in the course of electioneering, “I want us to put that behind us and move on,” he urged.

Congratulating the new chairman, Mr. Elumoye assured to make himself available for any clarification as may be required.

“In case you (present Executives) want to ask any question about what we have done in the last six years, my doors are open, even if I am out of the country, I will come back to answer you,” he reassured.


The new exco of Lagos NUJ Council were later sworn in by the Vice President of NUJ, Southwest (B Zone), Mr Cosmos Oni, who applauded candidates and electorates for ensuring a peaceful election.

Nkem Nweke/GEE

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