From Abraham Akpabio
The Association of Oruk Anam Indigenes of Nigeria has elected new executive officers to pilot the affairs of the association for the next four years.
At a hugely attended election, which took place at Akwa Ibom Community (AKISCOM) Lagos Secretariat in Yaba, Lagos, Sunday, Apostle Raphael Elijah emerged new national president.
Others elected were Deacon Bright Esenowo, vice president 1; Mrs. Glory Patrick, vice president 2; Engr. Uduak Peter, assistant general secretary; Mr. Abasi Ubong Jonah, treasurer; Mr. Thompson Akpan, financial secretary; Mr. Friday Peter Akpan, auditor; Mrs. Martha Isang, welfare officer; Mr. Christopher Idiong, public relations officer (PRO); Deacon Lucky Ekpo, coordinator; Mrs. Doris Ekong, women leader, while the office of the national general secretary was suspended for the time being until issues concerning the office and contestant were cleared.
The new national president-elect, Apostle Raphael Elijah, while accepting wholeheartedly with other officers to serve, described the outcome of the election as a true expression of the members’ choice.
While thanking members for the show of love, unity and understanding, which led to what he described as “peaceful, free and credible election”, said it was a new dawn for Oruk Anam, adding that the trust reposed in him and his exco members would not be wished away.
He asked everyone to be rest assured that his administration would be pivoted on teamwork, accountability, good leadership and welfare of members.
The immediate past national president, Elder Daniel Umoh, in his remarks, appreciated every member of the association for standing by him during his tenure and assured the new executives of support to carry out their programmes, while urging them to uphold the standard the association is known for.
The chairman, Electoral Committee of the association, Mr.Inamakere Ikpoh, thanked members for their cooperation and show of maturity and understanding to ensure success of the election and said his duty was to conduct a credible election, adding that voters have voted their conscience by choosing the right people to pilot the affairs of the association.
The election was witnessed by the president, Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District (IKSD), Lagos, Elder Samuel Usoro; 2 vice president of Akwa Ibom Community (AKISCOM) Lagos, Mr. Silas Udoh, Esq; Chairman, Public Affairs of AKISCOM, Lagos, Mr. Gabriel Edem and president, Ika Peoples’ Forum, Lagos, Comrade Unyime Alexander, who all adjudged it to be free, brotherly and credible.
They congratulated the newly elected officers and advised them to put away their differences, if there is any, and be united in purpose, as the task before them are enormous.