Chris Isiguzo, the former Vice President Zone C of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has emerged the new National President of the union.
He was elected at the national convention of the association held in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
Isiguzo pulled a 346 votes to defeat incumbent President Abdulwaheed Odusile who pulled 329 votes.
Another candidate from the South West, Dele Atunbi came 3rd with 101 votes.
The returning officer, Benson Upah while announcing the result, also said that Abiodun Olalere, a candidate from the Osun State Council of the NUJ, score 56 votes, while USA Uzaka from Bayelsa Council of the NUJ scored 30 votes.
Jacob Edi, a candidate from the North Central part of the country pulled 16 votes While Otunba Mike Aladenika from the Edo Council of the NUJ pulled 8 votes.
Meanwhile Waheed Odusile has already congratulated the winner, Chris Isiguzo.
In a statement jointly signed by the NUJ President Comrade Chris Isiguzo and Ali Atabor, the Director General of the Rescue Team, the campaign organisation for the new NUJ president, the new NUJ president said: “ We reiterate our readiness to reposition and refocus NUJ to ensure effective leadership; to embark on review of the constitution to make for professionalism and remove ambiguities, to enhance the welfare of members, to reposition the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ), to fight non payment of salaries by some media owners, and to catalyze the establishment of stabilization fund to end high rate of bankruptcy in the media industry with resultant loss of thousands of jobs by colleagues.
“The union must be professionally run to earn her respect nationally and internationally with the welfare of members at the centre stage of all its programmes and activities.”