23 candidates cleared for Nigerian Guild of Editors election

Funke Egbemode, President Nigerian Guild of Editors Managing Director New Telegraph
NGE President, Funke Egbemode

No more than 23 candidates have been cleared for election into Nigerian Guild of Editors’ executive council and standing committee, the election committee said on Wednesday.

Five candidates were disqualified by the committee following provisions of the amended 2016 NGE Constitution and the Election Guidelines.

The election is to hold during the guild’s biennial convention scheduled for May 3 in Lagos.

Secretary of NGE Electoral Committee, Gbenga Ogunleye, in a statement on Wednesday said the 23 candidates were shortlisted for 12 offices.

They are Funke Egbemode, cleared as Presidential candidate; Messrs Umar Saidu and Chooks Ogbonnaya cleared as contestants for Deputy President.

Hajia Sani and Sanusi Jibrin were cleared as contestants for office of Vice President (North).

Samuel Egbala and Dom Isute emerged as cleared contestants for the office of Vice President (East) while Mustapha Isa was the only one cleared for office of Vice President (West).

For the post of General Secretary, Mary Atolagbe was cleared; while Austin Elewedalu and Juliet Njiowhor would be contesting for the post of Assistant General Secretary.

Victoria Ibanga was cleared to contest for the post of Treasurer, while Ken Ugbechie was cleared to contest for the post of Social/Publicity Secretary.

For the office of Standing Committee Members (North), Catherine Agbo, Julius Idowu, Husseina Bangshika and Umoru Ibrahim were all shortlisted.

Ngwoke Ngwoke, Ikpong Essien-Udom and Freston Akpor were all cleared for office of Standing Committee Members (East).

Cleared for office of Standing Committee Members (West) are: Adeleye Ajayi, Steve Nwosu and Gabriel Akinadewo.

According to Ogunleye, the committee requires all cleared and yet-to-be cleared contestants to appear before it on May 3 by 10.a.m. at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, venue of the convention.

“All contestants are to come with original copies of their letters of appointment as editors for verification,” he said.