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Ekpu heads NGE’s electoral panel for April 28 biennial convention

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Members of the Electoral Committee, Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE): Mr. Bonnie Iwuoha (left), Mrs. Dupe Ajayi-Gbadebo; Chairman, Mr. Ray Ekpu, President, NGE, Mrs. Funke Egbemode; other members of the committee: Mr. Gbemiga Ogunleye and Mr. Abdulhamid Majia, at the inauguration of the committee for NGE’s forthcoming biennial convention in Lagos…yesterday.

Ahead of its biennial convention, the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) yesterday inaugurated a five-man electoral committee to supervise the election of a new executive on April 28 to 30 in Lagos.

Renowned journalist, Mr. Ray Ekpu, heads the five-man electoral committee, to be assisted by Mr. Gbemiga Ogunleye, Mrs. Dupe Ajayi-Gbadebo, Comrade Bonnie Iwuoha and Mallam Abdulhamid Majia.

Speaking during the inauguration, President of the NGE, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, tasked the committee to ensure that capable hands are elected to lead the guild.

She said the guild has become more attractive to all within and outside the NGE and therefore the members must do everything to keep it attractive, healthy and responsible.

According to Egbemode, the duties of the electoral committee shall include, but not limited to; giving out the nomination forms to aspirants; receiving the nomination forms; ensuring the aspirants are qualified for the offices they seek; conducting the election; announcing the results of the exercise and swearing-in the new standing committee.

“The electoral committee of the NGE has always been reserved for elders, fellows and custodians of the history of this august body for obvious reasons. The assignment is delicate. It requires experience of only level-headed, sure footed and fair-minded men and women.”

“Members take the NGE convention very seriously and as such tempers tend to rise and nerves frayed but thankfully for just a short period, respect for our elders and consideration for a healthy guild in spite of everything always prevail,” the NGE boss said.

She added that the outgoing Standing Committee has done its best to keep the flag handed to it flying.

“Today, we commit into your hands, distinguished members of the electoral committee of the 2017 biennial convention, the ship that will bear the NGE into a safe harbour. We are sure of your capable hands and your fairness has come to the rescue of the guild more than once. We know we can trust you with this assignment,” she added.

Ekpu assured the NGE Standing Committee that the electoral committee would do a good job to sustain the guild.

“Election in Nigeria is a difficult job and not less in a professional guild like the NGE. Since I lost the NGE election in 1982, I have been actively involved in NGE and I have not looked back since then to prevent what happened in 1982, when the election was hijacked.”

Ekpu assured: “We will do everything to contribute to the success of the guild. NGE is the most important group in our profession because it is made up of senior people. We see ourselves more as professional people. So, it is important for us to do a good job.”


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