July 1, 2022 8:29 pm

MOUAU SSANU Elects Ogbuagu As Chairman…As Prof. Iwe gives advice

By Our Reporter

The Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, MOUAU branch of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), Tuesday, elected new executive members, who are expected to pilot her affairs in the next four years.

In the keenly contested election, Mr. Elvis Ogbuagu polled a total of 454 votes to emerge as Chairman, beating Chidi Lordson Efogu and Ikechukwu Azuogu who trailed with 126 and 83 votes, respectively.

Moses Chikadibia with 481 votes was elected the union’s Vice Chairman against Mr. Coker Anthony with 180 votes, while Aguku Louis beat Mr. Ekpo Christian to emerge as Secretary with 374 votes against 280.

The office of the Financial Secretary went to Ganni Ray who polled a total of 452 votes to defeat Ajuzie James with 237 votes. The position of Treasurer was won by Matthew Edeh after he polled 499 votes to defeat Ajah Vincent with 160 votes. 

In other results, Seline Ilochi scored 414 votes to beat Nkiruka Charles with 242 votes for the seat of Women’s Leader, while Ugochukwu Nwaka emerged the Union’s Public Relations Officer with 457 votes, defeating his opponent, Nnadi Victor, who trailed with 195 votes.

The offices of Assistant Secretary, Trustee and Ex-officio were respectively clinched by John Njike, Nwolu Fidelis and Lorende Aondowase Donald who emerged unopposed.

Some of the delegates

It was gathered that before the commencement of elections, the Union had paid a courtesy call to the Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Prof. Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe before it held her 2nd Quadrennial Congress which availed the out-going acting Chairman, the treasurer, and other executive members to give account of their stewardship in the last four years.

In his speech when the National Team for the conduct of the elections paid a courtesy visit to Prof. Iwe, the National President of SSANU, Mohammed Ibrahim, represented by the National Vice President, North Central, Comrade Emmanuel Ndiyongo, applauded the University Management for giving MOUAU SSANU a sense of belonging.

Comrade Ndiyongo said the national body would not relent in addressing issues relating to the welfare of her members. He promised that the Union would hold peaceful elections where eligible voters and candidates would not be disenfranchised. 

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Udo Herbert, in his welcome remarks, stated that the present administration is friendly to the Unions.

The VC stressed that University Unions should be partners in progress with the Management team to salvage the University system. 

While promising to provide adequate support and security for a smooth excercise, Prof. Iwe challenged the SSANU Electoral Credential Committee to follow the constitutional provisions to ensure the conduct of a peaceful, free and fair election, for the emergence of credible officers. 

The voting process

Speaking before the election, the SSANU National Vice President, Ken Njoku enjoined all electorate to vote wisely for the emergence of purposeful leaders.

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