By Abuchi Onwumelu
Hon Prince Emeka Udodeme, has emerged the new President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Anambra State Chapter, in what was adjudged by observers as a peaceful, free, fair and credible election. The election was conducted in Awka.
Similar exercises for the executive membership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in local government areas of Anambra State were held earlier, with both the state and local government executives being inaugurated after the successful election.
Other elected state executive members of the Igbo umbrella organization are: Barrister Titus Akpudo-Vice-President; Chukwudubem Okafor-Secretary; Godwin-Iwuchukwu-Treasurer; Fredrick Nwafor-Financial Secretary and Samuel Udogalanya-Assistant Secretary.
Others are Gilbert Olumba-Publicity Secretary; Peter Ezeofor-Organizing Secretary; Emmanuel Emelife-Assistant Treasurer; Samuel Nweke-Assistant Publicity Secretary; Innocent Nwabuike-Assistant Financial Secretary and Moses Odianma-Assistant organizing Secretary.
In his acceptance speech, the newly elected President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Anambra State Chapter, Prince Udodeme, who promised a befitting Secretariat for the association, stressed the need to entrench Ohanaeze Ndigbo at grassroots level, even as he promised to use his position to advance the interest of Ndigbo at all times.
Earlier in his remarks, the outgone President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Anambra State Chapter, Ichie Damian Okeke-Ogene, commended the State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, for his support, especially in ensuring that the association was free from political interference and urging the new executives to sustain the culture of Ndigbo and further raise the standard of the association.
The Vice-President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Worldwide, Chief Charles Odunukwe, who commended the peaceful nature of the exercise, said the national election of Ohaneze Ndigbo coming up soon would follow suit, describing the association as the mouthpiece of Ndigbo.
The exercise, organised in compliance with COVID-19 protocols, was supervised by some elder statesmen, including Elder Chris Eluemuno, National Officer of Ohaneze Ndigbo; Chief Paddy Njoku; Retired Major General Godwin Ugwuoke; Chief Dubem Onyia, all representing Ohaneze Ndigbo Secretariat; Ichie Aaron Muorah, representing Ohaneze Ndigbo United Kingdom; Chief Monday Ikokwu, representing Association of South East Town Unions, ASETU, and Chief Elvis Chukwu, representing Izu-Umunna.