Against earlier speculations and anxieties with consequent uncertainty over the holding of the scheduled elections of the Youth and Women wings of the apex Igbo- socio-cultural organization, the Youth wing election is held today without any ugly incident.
The election held at the National Secretariat of Ohanaeze in Enugu was rancour less, peaceful, free and fair and it featured a consensus delegate system of voting.
The serene and peaceful atmosphere within the election venue contrasted sharply with the scene outside with many police and military personnel providing security amidst a road snarl occasioned by several vehicles parked outside the venue.
The offices were zoned to the component states making up Ohanaeze including Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Delta, Imo and Rivers whose delegates were present for the election.
Mr Damian Okafor from Ebonyi state polled 300 votes to beat other contestants from the state to which the National Youth Leadership was zoned.
Others elected included Mr. Emeka Onwuasoanya from Imo, Mr Chukwuma Okpalaezeukwu from Anambra, and Chris Odenigwe from Enugu state who became Deputy National Youth Leader, National
Secretary and National Treasurer respectively among others.
Speaking on the conduct of the election, the National Publicity Secretary of Ohaneze Ndigbo Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia lauded the umpires and the delegates to the election pointing out that he was happy over the calibre of people election who he said were imbued with energy and effervescence which they will bring to bear in the leadership of the youth wing.
He explained that the tenure of both the youth and women wings depended on the pendency of the incumbent leadership of the body and when each administration elapsed, a new one comes along with its own wings of the organization.
Fielding a reporter’s question on the Nigerian president of Igbo stock Ogbonnia recalled that at a meeting held at NUC Abuja, power rotation was agreed which paved the way for Obasanjo to fire the salvo while it later shifted North and Yar’adua emerged from where it went to the South through Goodluck Jonathan who later handed over to incumbent the North.
He posited that justice, equity and fairness demanded that it go to the South East when it comes back to the South in 2023 as both the South-South and South-West have had their own turns and reciprocate the support they had enjoyed from the South East.
Meanwhile, all is set for the election of the Women wing on Friday at the same venue.