-Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –By Michael EKOKORUWE:
The people of Irri kingdom has elected new executive during a peaceful conference held at Irri town hall, Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta state.
Mr Lucky Obowaye elected as President General of Irri Development Union with others to pilot the affairs of the community for the next two years.
Mr. Lucky Obowaye who had 52 votes defeated Monday Eto with 39 votes and Joseph Kokori with 3 votes to emerge the President General of the Irri community.
Other members elected are; Chief Duke Ekrebe as Vice -President, Mr. Agrimo Adigheji Emmanuel as Secretary, Mr. Edho Othuke, Assistant Secretary, Mr. Okwazor Favour , Financial Secretary, Mr. Olomu Faithful, Treasurer, Mr. Oghale Christopher, Publicity Secretary, Mrs. Ewoma Agboge, Women Leader, Mr. Cino Obowomano, Town Planning Committee Chairman, Mr. Okogba Ese, Marriage Committee Chairman and Mr. Isaac Onomeriri as Provost amongst others.
While declaration the conference open, HRM Joshua Aghagba, Amathovo 1, the Odiologbo of Irri kingdom, represented by Dr. Joseph Aghagba, urged contestants and delegates to be peaceful and orderly to ensure free and fair election for the new executives that will pilot the affairs of Irri community for the next two years.
The monarch urged those to be elected to ensure peace, unity and sustainable development of the community even as he prayed for peace throughout the conference and electoral process.
On his part, the chairman of the transition committee, Mr Odueme Oletu Glory, commended the Odiologbo of Irri kingdom, the chairman Isoko South Local Government area, Hon. Sir Itiako Ikpokpo, President General Isoko Development Union, High Chief Iduh Amadhe, all past President General of Irri Development Union, and the Edions in council from various quarters of Irri towards ensuring that peace is restored to Irri kingdom.
He noted that the tenure of the new executives commence from December 15th 2019 and will expire on August 31st 2021.
Speaking during the conference, Archbishop C.A.O Apena, represented by Apostle M.T. O Oki, the Chairman of Isoko South local government area, Sir Itiako Ikpokpo, represent by Mr. Sammy Edhegbo and Mr Blacky Oboba, the President General of Isoko Development Union, High Chief Iduh Amadhe, represented by Mr. Denis Akwakwa, sued for peace and unity of the conference and electoral process.
Responding, the newly elected President General of Irri Development Union, Mr Lucky Obowaye, thanked God Almighty that made it possible for him to emerge as the President General of Irri Development Union. He commended the transition committee, Isoko South Local Government Chairman, President General of Isoko Development Union and delegates that ensured the election was peaceful.
Oboyawe assured never to extent his tenure of leadership, saying, “Now that I emerged as the President General of Irri Development Union. I will ensure that everyone is carried along. I am not here to create enmity and my priority is to work with the Odiologbo of the community and ensure that there is peace, unity and development”.
“Let it be on record today that, I will never extent my tenure than 31st August 2021 which is the expiration date of our tenure”, he said.
In attendance was representative of Isoko South local government chairman, Mr. Sammy Edhegbo and Mr. Blacky Oboba, Isoko development union represented by Mr. Denis Akwakwa, former vice chairman Isoko South, Chief Orogun and the youth chairman Delta State Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Owhebe Uwomano.
Other are councillor representing Irri kingdom, State Security Service, the Nigeria army and police, clergymen, past president general of Irri kingdom, the Edio in council, delegates and a cross section of youth and women of Irri kingdom amongst others.