Like a Tsunami, Nigerian Pilot Sports man, Ikenna Okonkwo swept his way into the new FCT chapter of the Sports Writers Association, SWAN, in a devastating fashion, beating the incumbent Hyacinth Umeh for the Financial Secretary position in a landslide vote of 60.
Umeh of Africa Independent Television, AIT, whose financial report delivered at the elective congress of the association, had received knocks and condemnation before being rejected by members scored just 22 votes.
Kayode Adeniyi of the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, was re-elected unopposed as chairman.
The election which drew a large turnout from sports journalists in Abuja took place at the media center of the Abuja National Stadium. Adeniyi, however, still needed to secure just a two-third of the total votes cast to clinch another three-year term. He pulled a massive 74 votes out of the total 83 votes cast to retain his position.
Also, Chidoka Ndubueze of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, was returned unopposed as the association’s vice chairman as he pulled a landslide 81 votes out of 83 votes cast. The position of the general secretary was keenly contested between Martins Odiete of News Watch, Romanus Ugwu of The Sun newspapers. Raphael Ekpang of Union Newspaper pulled out at the last minute. Martins Odiete was, however, returned as the secretary of the association with 45 votes, Romanus came close with 38 votes.
Bunmi Haruna of Independent Television (ITV), Abuja, got the post of assistant secretary as unopposed and Salifu Usman (44 votes) of Leadership Newspaper was elected Treasurer beating off stiff opposition from Remi Sulola (39) of The Nation newspapers.
In his acceptance speech after the new executive was sworn in for a three-year tenure, Kayode Adeniyi, pledged to take SWAN FCT chapter to a greater height.
“We want to thank our members for the confidence they have in us by voting us to pilot the affairs of this noble association for the next three years and we promise we will not disappoint them,” Adeniyi promised.