By Sandra Chukwunyere
promises open door policy, calls for unity
In a keenly contested election of the Igbo apex socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo,Lagos chapter which held in Lagos recently.
Chief Solomon Ogbonna has emerged as the President of the association defeating his opponent, Prince Tony Nwakaeze.
In the results that was announced by the local organising committee,
Ogbonna had 401 votes while Nwakaeze 201 votes. Also Vitus Uzor defeated Same Oparas with 388 votes to emerge as the deputy president. Oparas had 144 votes,
Everest Ozonweke 388 votes to become the State secretary, also Evelyn Okerie emerged as the publicity secretary with 315 votes, Damian Okoye is the new Treasurer with 404 votes, Mrs Uche Obiora is the woman leader with 378 votes.
Others who emerged winners were, Joseph Ekpo ( Deputy secretary) Uzoma Okoro (Ass.Pubicity secretary) Joy Anizoba (Legal Adviser ) Goodness Item (Org. secretary) Brenda Ifeoma (Welfare1) Isabella Ndidi ( Welfare2) Ikechukwu B. ( Ass. Fin secretary) Barr Nkechi Agobuzor (Deputy women leader) Emmanuel Ekwelibe ( Vice president Abia) Barr Vine Osakwe (Vp Anambra) Pastor Okey Anorue (Vp Imo) Chuks Smith (Vp Delta) Austin Ugwu (Vp Enugu) Paul Ikele (Vp Ebonyi) Mazi Okereke Kelvin( PRO) Kalu Ugulu
(Ex officio Abia) Charles Obih ( Ex officio Enugu ) Thompson Ohia (Ex-officio Imo) Stanley Nwite (Ex officio Ebonyi) Festus Chukwudi Ebulue (Provost2) and Ikenna James ( Youth leader)
Chief Ogbonna assured of adequate representation and to justify the confidence reposed in him.
In his words :
We dedicate this victory to all our members, as Ohanaeze is one family.
There is no loser in the election, we are all winners”
” I will use the vast experience in art and culture to move Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos chapter forward ”
Ogbonna who was elected on the 22nd April then appealed to all for maximum support and assistance especially by the members hence he promised not to disappoint them and would carry everybody alone.
He called on the aggrieved members to join hands with the new executive members for the unity and progress of the association because “with unity everything is possible and when we are divided than we cannot fight a common front” he stated.
The election, conducted by the local organising committee and headed by Agunze Ikokwu, and supervised by DIG Hillary Okpara (rtd)-led committee, was peaceful as delegates comprising royal fathers, Aka Ikenga, Ndigbo Lagos, market leaders and other affiliate bodies, exercised their franchise to elect new leaders, to pilot the group’s affairs for the next four years.
In his response, Chairman Ohanaeze Electoral committee Lagos Chapter, Mr Agunze Ikokwu described the new President as an open minded person who never associated with negative tendencies, however reiterated the confidence of the President in bringing his worth of experience for the betterment of the association.
In the same vein, DIG Hillary Okpara ( rtd ) said that the large turnout during the poll showed that peace has returned to the Lagos chapter of the organisation.
While charging the new executive to reach out to others, who lost out in the exercise, he described the successful conduct of the election as victory for all.
On his part, the newly-elected Secretary, Mr Everest Ozonweke (Onowu) thanked all the delegates for maintain order and ensuring that the entire electoral process was conducted peacefully . He promised to work with other executive members, to ensure orderliness in the association.