A new President of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has emerged after an election in Bayelsa State on Wednesday December 2, 2009. He is Alhaji Mohammed A. Abdullahi, a former commissioner of Information in Bauchi state.
The election was conducted at the Institute’s Conference & Annual General Meeting in Bayelsa State which was held between November 30 – December 3, 2009. The theme of the conference was “Building and Investing in Nigeria’s Reputation for Development.”
Other feature of the event was the election of 17 Council Members from different states in Nigeria.
The election of the new President was done through a collegiate of the elected Council members where Abdullahi of Bauchi Chapter was unanimously elected as President, while Dr. Dennis Ekemezie from Anambra State was voted as the Vice President.

The election was conducted by a 7-man Committee led by Mr. Ike Neliaku a Fellow of the Institute as the Chairman of Electoral Committee. The election which formed part of the Annual General Meeting of the institute witnessed the registration of 357 delegates who were duly cleared to vote.
The new Council is expected to serve a 2-year term.
The new President in a brief acceptance speech, thanked members for a peaceful and orderly conduct of election, especially the measures put in place by the Electoral Commission. He promised to re-invent and re-engineer the Public Relations practice for a better visibility and impact within Nigeria and overseas. He said this will only be possible when members act professionally and cooperate in the pursuit of what the Profession stands for. He called on all contestants (winners and losers) to sink whatever differences must have cropped up in the built to the election, and work towards elevating the Profession.
Alhaji Abdullahi observed that his highly selective and respectable Members of Council will always work as a family and team. Read his recent interview on NIPR from this link: My Vision for NIPR

RESULT OF NIPR NATIONAL GOVERNING COUNCIL ELECTIONS HELD AT CONFERENCE HALL GLORYLAND, NATIONAL CULTURAL CENTRE,

YENAGOA, BAYELSA STATE ON WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 2, 2009

S/N

NAME OF CANDIDATE

STATE

SCORE

1

JOE ITAH

ABUJA

318

2

JOSEPH ARI

PLATEAU

308

3.

AMINU INUA

KANO

291

4.

CYRIL KELEZE

ENUGU

285

5.

BAKURA BAJOGA

GOMBE

282

6.

BIMBO ALAGBE

OGUN

280

7.

EBI AROH

BAYELSA

276

8.

JOHN NNABUIHE

IMO

274

9.

DR. CLETUS AKWAYA

BENUE

267

10.

CHIEF CASCA OGOSU

RIVERS

262

11.

AKIN AGBEJULE

NIGER

260

12.

YOMI BADEJO-OKUSANYA

LAGOS

259

13.

DR. DENNIS EKEMEZIE (VICE PRESIDENT)

ANAMBRA

246

14.

MOHAMMED ABDULAHI (PRESIDENT)

BAUCHI

238

15.

CHIEF SAM UKO

AKWA IBOM

230

16.

MRS. IKOMI JEREOMA

DELTA

210

17.

MUKTAR SURAJO

KADUNA

192

DROPPED

DROPPED

DROPPED

18.

YUSUF MOHAMMED

KADUNA

172

19.

MRS. NKECHI ALI-BALOGUN

LAGOS

167

20.

ROTIMI OLADELE

LAGOS

123

21.

FELIX EBONDU

ABIA

104

22.

OKPO ESSIEN-ITA

CROSS RIVER

69

23.

BEN AHIANTE

ABUJA

17


 

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