Benjamin Isaiah, the former chairman of the Kaduna State Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), has been elected as the new National President of the association. His election took place during the recently concluded National Triennial Delegates Conference held in Omoku, River State.
Isaiah secured a significant victory by defeating his opponent, Abubakar Adamu Sadiq, with a margin of 16 votes to 6 votes. Sunday Ugule, the electoral chairman, officially declared Isaiah as the National President of SWAN, having received the highest number of votes.
Other elected officials include Bonny Nyong as Deputy President, Ikenna Victor Okonkwo as Secretary, Ijeoma Peter Nwante as Financial Secretary, Azuka Ralph Chiemeka as Vice President South South, Ayodeji Ogunsakin as Vice President South West, Frankie Omokua as Vice President South East, and Austin Ajayi as Welfare Officer, among others.
In his acceptance speech, Isaiah expressed gratitude to Sirawoo, SWANECO, and all the delegates for electing him, and he affirmed his commitment to advancing the association. He pledged to lead an inclusive administration, calling for the support of everyone involved. He also appealed to those who did not emerge victorious to accept the outcome graciously and work together for the betterment of the association.
During the general NEC meeting, Honour Sirawoo, the immediate past President of SWAN, announced Hon. Felix Amaechi Obua as the National Patron of the association. Sirawoo stated that the choice of Obua as patron was based on his support and positive contributions to the development of SWAN, expressing gratitude for his significant involvement.
Obuah, in response, expressed his appreciation to SWAN for the honor bestowed upon him and assured his unwavering support to sports writers. As a former council chairman of Ogba–Egbema–Ndoni local government area of Rivers State, he advised contestants to accept the outcome of the SWAN election gracefully and collaborate to elevate the association to greater heights. He also reaffirmed his commitment to sports development by continuously sponsoring sporting activities in his state and promoting national integration.