Men and women of pen profession went on wild jubilation on Friday in Osogbo following re-emergence of Biodun Olalere as the Chairman Nigerian Union of Journalists, Osun State Council.
Olarere emerged as the chairman after defeating his closest rival, Ajayi Dele, in a keenly contested election held at the state secretariat of the Union.
Olarere polled 143 votes to defeat Ajayi, who got 124 votes in the election that was coordinated and monitored by officials from national body of the union.
Other officials elected were Secretary, Bamgbola Boladale and the Internal Auditor, AbdulRazaq Alege.
Ayantunji Kehinde and Wasiu Ajadosu had earlier emerged unopposed as Vice Chairman and Financial Secretary respectively.
Mr Gbenga Bamidele, the National Deputy National Secretary, announced results of the election, to the admiration of all journalists who took part in the election.
It would be recalled that Olalere, Bamgbola and Alege earlier contested and won in an election annulled by the national body in 2016.
With this victory, Olarere will serve as chairman of the NUJ Osun Council for the second time.
In an acceptance speech, Olalere commended the journalists for believing in the aspirations of the elected officials.
He appealed to all journalists in the state to unite for the progress of the profession.
The new chairman lamented that the Feb. 19, 2016 election almost tarnished the image of the profession in the state.
He, however appealed to politicians to desist from influencing NUJ elections, saying external influence caused the crisis that trailed the annulled election.
“I thank all those who fought for this victory.
“I have learnt so many lessons but I thanked God for making this a success.
“It is a new dawn, and a period to come together again.
“There is no division, what we had was external interference; we have always remained one.
“There is opposition party in NUJ and we will continue to work together for progress of the profession,” he said.
By Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo