Barely few days after Ambassador Shirely Munonye, publisher of frontline Express Newspaper was elected Chairman of Imo State Newspaper Publishers Association by members of the Association,comprising publishers of major Newspapers in Imo, the government through a release signed by Mr Ogwuwike Nwachukwu yesterday rejected the emergence of Munonye.
The release rather congratulated Mr Declan Anaele who was said to have only in August 21,2021 paid the sum #30,000 as part of #50,000 meant for registration.
Munonye during a radio program yesterday maintained that Anaele is not an INPA member as he was yet to complete payment for his registration as INPA member and wondered how a person who is yet to register with the Association could parade himself as Chairman of the Union.She further said,”taken that he finally completed the money, the constitution does not allow anyone who has barely just registered to contest election”.
“The Imo state government press release reads,”Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has congratulated the publisher of Eastern Lead Express, Mr. Declan Anaele, on his election as the new Chairman of Imo Newspaper Publishers Association (INPA), weekend.
“Anaele emerged winner in an election where he was a sole candidate, getting endorsed by 14 of his members in a voice vote.
“His closest rivalry and publisher of Frontline Express newspaper, Mrs. Shirley Munonye, reportedly dropped out of the contest in subtle way by failing to return her completed form.
“In congratulating Anaele, Governor Uzodimma said his emergence was an indication of his popular choice by his colleagues and urged him to use the position to forge a common front for the association in the interest of the good people of Imo State.
“Governor Uzodimma said government will always partner with individuals and groups who are out to serve the people with sincerity of purpose, noting that, “in Imo there is so much work to do and all hands must be on desk.”
“He reminded Anaele to remember that to whom much is given, much is also expected, hence he cannot afford to dissappoint the reasonable expectations of his colleagues who have thrust the responsibility of leading them at this time on his shoulders.”