A new Executive Council has been elected for the Okpolo (Enhwe) Clan Progress Union in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State. The election exercise which came up to mark the end of the Okpolo (Enhwe) community’s 2019 annual General Conference saw Apst Odiri Akpode Lucky (Esq) clinching the post of President General with 44 votes to beat two other contestants Pstr Dennis Akpobire (the immediate past caretaker committee chairman) who scored 34 votes and Philip Agalor of Bayelsa branch led the rear with 16 votes. The post of vice President General was clinched by Hon. Austine Ogbuwawa (a sole candidate) with 36 votes.
The Secretary General’s position went to Evang. G. Obaro Edigri who scored 62 votes to beat Johnson Akporaivi who received 10 votes while the post of Assistant Secretary General went to another sole candidate Prince Godwin Umukoro with 46 votes. The post of Treasurer went to Comrade Daniel Udufowe of Bursary Department Delsu Oleh Engineering Campus though nominated and voted for in his absence, polled 46 votes.
Chief Isini Councillor and Mr Samson Ovunuwerodi previously Public Relations Officer and Financial Secretary in the immediate past regime, were re-elected with 44 and 66 votes respectively. While Mr Isaac Isodhe of Warri Branch clinched the post of Social Secretary with 42 votes as another lone candidate. Thereafter three provost marshals were appointed to work with new EXCO. They are Uloho Othuko, Ighomor Godspower and Oghalomeno Amuakpoyeri.
Announcing the results earlier, the Electoral Committee headed by Hon. Friday Warri, assisted by Hon Mike Okah and Mr Emma Ighokido, formally declared the winners as duly elected to run the union affairs of the Okpolo (Enhwe) community for a two year tenure that will terminate in December 2021.
The election umpire further disclosed that out of the 96 delegates accredited for the exercise, only 94 participated in the adopted option A4- queuing process which involved physical counting of votes for each candidate Ho. Warri described the exercise as very free, fair, credible and in accordance with Article 15 subsections i-v of the Union’s constitution as reviewed in February, 2017.
In his past election speech, the newly elected President General of the Union, Apst Odiri Akpode Lucky (Esq) thanked the entire delegates for their sincerity and wonderful display of voting rights which saw to the emergence of his Executive Council. He pledged his unalloyed loyalty to the entire community, assuring them of an open door and consultative government.
He disclosed that he would use his wealth of exposure in the oil and gas sector to attract developmental projects into the community, stressing that “law abiding youths of the community shall be duly empowered during his tenure” in order to pull them out of the present vices which do not augur well for the good image of the community.
Apst Odiri however warned that his government “will not tolerate any form of criminalities, disobedience to constituted authorites, breakdown of law and order including bunkering activities which he described as “economic sabotage.” On the issue of abandoned projects in the community, he promised to consult with powers-that-be with a view to resuscitating them. He, particularly, focused on the abandoned community cottage hospital which has not been commissioned to-date but rather overgrown with weeds and infested with reptiles. “This should not be and cannot be” he moaned.