79 members decide Lagos NIPR election

.As Rev Olushola Niyi was disqualified

McMedal, newly elected Chairman, Lagos NIPR
McMedal, newly elected Chairman, Lagos NIPR

The protracted Lagos State Chapter of Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) election has been concluded with the Chief Executive Officer of Upticomm Marketing Company, Olusegun McMedal being voted as the Chairman.
McMedal, who contested against his friend, immediate past chairman, Joseph Okonmah, pulled 50 voted out of 79 while 29 votes went to the former Corporate Affaris Manager of Dangote Group.
However, the third contestant, Rev Olushola Niyi who was the chairman of the caretaker committee of the Lagos chapter after Okonmah’s reelection was aborted in July 2015, was disqualified before the election, which took place today at the HOCAL suites of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, Yaba.
He disqualification according to reliable sources was based his inability of his committee to deliver on certain standards in which the committee was set.
Though some members seem not to be excited about McMedal victory at the poll as one of the past chairmen of the chapter said, “there was no need for any fresh election since the July 2015 election was annulled on the basis of the fact the Okonmah’s did not comply be certain rules.”
The former chairman said “there should conducted a re-run and those who participated in the canceled poll should have been the candidates for the re-run.”
789Marketing gathers that out of 82 accredited voters only 79 members were patience enough to wait and vote, which ensures McMedal’s victory.
Meanwhile, other positions were occupied unopposed and they are Vice Chairman- Mrs Comfort Nwankwo, secretary- Thelma Okon, Assistant Secretary- Oladapo Soneye and treasurer- Kali Olekauwa.
In his victory remark, the new chairman of the chapter appealed to everyone practicing public relations in Lagos to come back to rebuild the institute.
“McMedal is not the winner but PR and the institute. We should all work together to ensure we uphold the ethics of the good profession,” he said.