Swearing-in the elected Officers.
History again was made on Thursday August 20, 2020 when Mr. Udede Jim-Opiki, of the Independent Monitor Newspaper defeated his opponent Mr. Peter Abaje Usakwe, of the African Independent Television (AIT), to emerge as Chairman of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Rivers state Chapter.
Udede-Opikim polled 20 votes as against Abaje’s 12 votes to be announced as chairman by the Returning Officer, and the Vice President of SWAN, South-South, Zone Comrade Bonny Nyong.
Swearing in the newly elected Executive Committee at the Ernest Ikoli Press Centre, Moscow Road Port Harcourt; Bonny Nyong, charged the newly elected executive committee of SWAN, Rivers state Chapter, to be committed, upgraded, and to carry every member along in the course of their duties.
He further tasked the Chairman, Udede Jim-Opiki, to allow every officer to function in his position, and refrain from usurping other officers’ duties.
“Mr. Chairman, today you have been elected as the Chairman, but remember, other officers too are elected, allow the officers to function in their various positions. Bring every member together, to enable SWAN Rivers wax stronger and vibrant,” Nyong said.
In his acceptance speech, the newly elected chairman, Udede-Opiki, thanked all members for the confidence reposed in him, and pledged to run an all inclusive administration.
The South South Vice Chairman/ Returning Officer, Bonny Nyong admonishing the new Executive.
He thanked members for their support, stressing that without members he cannot function as chairman.
“I use this opportunity to thank all the members and promise to bring all members together to move SWAN Rivers forward. We will work as a team. I know I cannot work alone. There is no loser in this election, everybody is a winner,” Opiki said.
Other officers elected were Sarah David Vice Chairman, Mr. Chukwudi Ejimofor, General Secretary, Mr Wokoma-Solomon Innocent Treasurer and Barth Ndubuwah, emerged Financial Secretary.