The Publisher of Eastern Lead Express Newspaper, Declan Anaele has emerged the new Chairman, Imo Newspaper Publishers Association, INPA.
He polled 14 votes to be elected in an election he was the sole contestant.
Anaele became the sole contestant after Shirley Munonye, Publisher of Frontline Express Newspaper dropped out of the race by not returning her completed form.
Also elected were Elder Chukwuemeka Ike, Co-Publisher, City Star (Vice Chairman); Leonard Ajokubi, Publisher, People’s Hero (Secretary); Martin Ukanwa, Publisher, Spartan Newspaper (Public Relations Officer); and Jotham Emenyonu, Publisher, Edge Express (Financial Secretary).
In his remarks, the Chairman of Electoral Committee, George Nkwoji explained that the constitution provides that in the event that only one aspirant runs for an office, he could be returned opposed.
Nkwoji stated that the committee decided that the a voice vote be taken for all the contestants in spite of being the only ones running for the different positions.
The voice voting was approved before commencement of the polls and the 14 members voted massively for all contestants.
In his speech, a renowned journalist and observer during the polls, Ford Ozumba commended the association for conducting what he described as transparent and credible polls.
He enjoined members of the association to continue to partner with critical stakeholders in the state for the growth and prosperity of the newspaper business in the state.
Also speaking, the immediate past Chairman of the association, Henry Ekpe expressed his happiness at the successful conduct of the polls and the emergence of a new executive.
He charged the executive to carry on from where his executive stopped and introduce innovations that would take the association to greater heights.
A former Chairman of the association, Chidi Emeagi congratulated the new executive on their election.
He expressed happiness that the executive is composed of young people, who are usually the ones that strive to make a difference.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Imo state Council, Chris Akaraonye described INPA as a critical stakeholder to the NUJ in that the association employs members of the union.
He stated that the union would partner with the association for the growth of the journalism profession.
In his acceptance speech, the new Chairman, Declan Anaele pledged to contribute his quota to the growth of the association.
He thanked the members of the association for reposing confidence in him and pledged not to disappoint the association.