By Adeola Ibukun,
Chairman of the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN,) Mr. Odita Sunday on Friday with other members of the reputable beat association hailed the achievements of the incumbent Chairman of Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Dr Qasim Akinreti.
The Chairman was at the CRAN’s Secretariat, Oduduwa Street, GRA, Ikeja, with other contestants that included Iyabo Wale-Eri Joyce and Raymond Tedunjaiye vying for the post of Financial Secretary and Secretary of the Lagos NUJ to solicit for votes in the council’s upcoming election slated for September 29.
According to Odita and others, they posited that his achievements were visible and had spoken for him as a man of integrity who knew his onions.
They advised him to ignore critics and concentrate on his consolidation agenda while also admonishing all practicing journalists to register in order to be eligible to vote during the union’s election.
Odita however further charged all electorates to align with the best candidate of their choice but saluted the decision of Raymond Tedunjaiye, a former Vice President of CRAN seeking to be elected as Secretary of the Council.
“We also need you to be informed on areas to focus on in the next administration and you also have to use the medium to correct the allegations” he told the chairman.
Akinreti on his part promised to sustain his integrity drive in the union by consolidating on welfare, land owners scheme for journalists, anti-corruption drive, training and remodeling of the union.
He urged all and sundry to discountenance all the campaigns of calumny being perpetrated by his opponents against him.
This was in response to the concerns raised by CRAN members who took him up on issues raised against him in respect of the Abaren Land project, and other burning issues.
The chairman reeled out his past achievements and future plans and urged journalists to make a choice between him and his contender, Mr. Adeleye Ajayi.
He explained that the upcoming election would be a paradigm shift from the old way to a new way of doing things.
According to him: “This present Exco did not tamper with previous allocations. My predecessors fell short of record-keeping and that brought about the crisis that trailed the Abaren Land project and the NUJ Light House.
“Former Chairmen Deji Elumoye has repaid N2 million to the council and the Estate Manager had also promised to repay the remaining N9 million in installments. We were given money for renovations by the former Governor of Lagos State which we used judiciously.
“We are concerned about the welfare of our members. We have started a project to start our Radio station and we have revived our Newspapers. Who is going to work in our Radio station and other places we are reorganizing” he said.
Those on the campaign train were Ajibola Abayomi, the President of the Journalists International Forum For Migration (JIFORM), Barbara Negbeje, David Adekunle, Mr. Nduka Uzuakwu, Bose Agosu, Mr. Fibian Anawo and Mr. Muyiwa Kalejaiye.