Governor Ortom Congratulates FCT NUJ Excos Ogbeche, Essien, Others, Commends Election Process

Governor Ortom Congratulates FCT NUJ Excos Ogbeche, Essien, Others, Commends Election Process

  • The Federal Capital Territory Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists on Saturday, December 4, re-elected its chairman Emmanuel Ogbeche
  • Ogbeche was re-elected into office alongside his vice-chairman and four other members of the executive
  • Governor Samuel Ortom urged the executives of the FCT Council of NUJ to ensure they always speak truth to power and abide by the ethics of journalism while carrying out their duties

The governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, on Sunday, December 5, congratulated the re-elected chairman of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Emmanuel Ogbeche and other newly elected members of the executives.

Ortom in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Nathaniel Ikyur, and seen by said Ogbeche's re-election was well-deserved considering the outstanding performance in his first tenure as the chairman of the FCT chapter of NUJ.

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Governor Ortom commended Ogbeche for his landmark achievements in his first tenure. Photo: FCT Council of NUJ
Source: UGC

Ogbeche was re-elected as chairman of the FCT chapter of the NUJ on Saturday, December 4, in an election that took place at the council's secretariat in Abuja.

The re-elected chairman garnered 451 votes, with which he secured a landslide victory against his opponent, Pa Donald Ugwu who got only 59 votes at the election.

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Other members of the executives who were elected alongside Ogbeche include vice-chairman, Osadebamwen Patrick; financial secretary, Gloria Essien; treasurer, Aishatu Kadala; secretary, Ochiaka Ugwu and assistant secretary, Dorcas Jonah.

The executives have since been sworn in at the secretariat of the FCT council of the NUJ in Abuja.

Congratulating other re-elected and newly elected members of the FCT chapter of NUJ executives, Governor Ortom commended journalists in Abuja for the peaceful conduct of the election.

Abuja journalists conduct peaceful election

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Ortom said the election was conducted in a democratic manner with a massive turnout of votes which stands as evidence that colleagues in the trade were enthralled by Ogbeche's performance.

FCT NUJ election
The elected executives have been urged to always speak the truth to power. Photo: FCT NUJ
Source: UGC

He said Ogbeche's victory was however expected due to his landmark achievements in the past three years.

Elected executives tasked to stay alive to their responsibilities

Further wishing the executives a successful tenure, the governor enjoined the FCT council of the NUJ to always place Nigeria above their personal interests.

He urged the executives to practice journalism in strict compliance with the ethics of the profession.

Ortom said:

"As a strong advocate of peace, justice and equity and fairness, I urge the chairman with his members in Abuja to speak truth to power through their reportage and eschew fake news, which is doing more harm than good to the nation"

He also admonished the chairman and his team members to work for the unity of the nation and prayed for their successful tenure.

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He added:

"I pray that you will enjoy a successful and peaceful tenure and continue to push for a Nigeria,  where peace, justice and fairness takes the centre stage"

Ortom reveals how God directed him to seek re-election into office as governor

Meanwhile, previously reported that Ortom said he had concluded not to seek re-election into office as governor once he was done with his first tenure.

The governor said the number of insults he was received during his first term in office, he decided he was not going to contest the 2019 elections.

Ortom, however, said God gave him the directive to contest for another four years in 2019 after he fasted for three months.

Ortom meets with APC senator behind closed-doors

In other news, Ortom had a closed-door meeting with the senator representing Abia north senatorial district, Orji Uzor Kalu.

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The duo met at Kalu Asokoro residence on Sunday, October 31, for a yet to be disclosed agenda.

This will be the first time for Ortom to visit Kalu since he became governor of Benue state in 2015.


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