The outgoing Chairman, heads of Federal Parastatals in Kwara state, Deaconess Folasade Boriowo, has urged all contestants in the upcoming elections of the Nigeria Union of Journalists to avoid bitterness and campaign of calumny as they go about their campaigns.
Boriowo, the state director, Federal Ministry of Information centre, Ilorin, made this suggestion at her office, while responding to a Chairmanship candidate, Abdullahi Dare Akogun who came to campaign to staff of the ministry.
She shared her experience in times past in NUJ saying that there is need for dynamic changes in the affairs of the Union.
“I have been in practice, I have put in more than twenty years in as a Journalist but with your coming on board, I see new dynamic changes happening in the Union.”
She therefore called on Akogun to be determined and be ready to put in his best to ensure that NUJ is given the best direction if he eventually wins the contest by working with all stake holders.
She said “Gone are those days, when people fail to clinch ticket to serve, they resort to blackmail, witchaunting and making governance difficult for the winners. Our prayer is that the best candidate should win by Gods grace.
“Same thing I told the aspirant from my office, Jide Fadeyi. If not that he has an unavoidable journey to make, he would have been around to welcome your train. Federal Information chapel is a place for all comers; We don’t engage in politics of bitterness, such as resorting to violence because we could not win an election.”
The veteran journalist added that electioneering in NUJ must not be accompanied with bitterness urging all parties to work together with the aim of moving the union forward to higher places in the interest of all.
She commended the number of persons involved in the contest adding that the competitiveness of the contest creates room for getting competent persons elected into the executive offices expressing the hope that NUJ Kwara Council, will produce best and credible candidate to man the offices especially office of the Chairman.
Earlier, the Director General, Abdullahi Dare Akogun Campaign Organization, Yinka Owolewa said the choice of the Federal Information service for the days campaign was to express the strategic position of the chapel among others.
He commended the warm reception accorded his team, despite the fact that Federal Information also has one of its members on board as a contestant for the Chairmanship position adding that the ministry had shown high level of sportmaship and is highly commendable.
He said that his determination to support Akogun’s ambition is because he so much belives in his capability based on his past antecedents, professionally, socially and morally adding that the Chairmanship hopeful is no doubt the best that any council can have at a time like this without sentiments attached.
In his submission, the Chairmanship hopeful, Abdullahi Dare Akogun in his opening remarks canvassed for the vote of members of the information chapel despite the awareness that a member of the ministry is in the contest with him.
Akogun said that as a politician and core professional, he still believes in the possibility of some persons in the chapel to buy into his vision and vote for him reiterating that he strongly believes in the Federal Ministry of Information and hopes he would not be let down. He noted that there are fundamental issues in the union which requires radical changes is the reason for him to come out to contest having the believe that with the cooperation of all visionary members of the union and Gods support, it will be a new dawn for the union, a union that all can be proud of.
Also the campaign team was at Radio Kwara to acquint the oldest chapel in the State, with his manifestos and plans for the Union.
Akogun in his speech emphasised the urgent importance of restoring Kwara NUJ to its pride of place, stressing that the union needs “a life saving surgical operation”, and that Kwara NUJ must be positioned to start contributing its quota to “nation-building”.
Reacting on behalf of Radio Kwara chapel, the Chairman of Chapel Bashiru Jimoh commended Akogun for his approach to addressing issues in his campaign, saying election is not a do or die affair and that the most important factor is the development of the state council of the NUJ. He thereafter pledged the support of Radio Kwara Chapel to his candidature adding that they are going to work with him to ensure he emerged victorious at the end of the day.