Months after the delay of the Students’ Union election at the Abia State University (ABSU) Uturu, students went to the poll recently to elect their leaders who will pilot the affairs of the union for the 2014/2015 academic session.
Held at the School Pavilion because of the massive turnout of students, the electoral process was kicked off with the accreditation of electorates, where 2013/2014 session or 2014/2015 session school fees receipts were used as the prerequisite for voting.
The voting kicked off at about 12 p.m. and ended by 3 p.m. Counting of votes followed immediately.
Declaring the results in front of the administration block, the Dean of Student Affairs, Mr Samuel Uzoanya, urged the elected union leaders to be good ambassadors of the school.
Ugochukwu Majesty Chukwuemeka, a 500-Level student of the Faculty of Law, emerged as the president, defeating three other candidates. He polled total votes of 1,160, while the other three contestants-Godwin Nwankwere, Fredric Israel and Christian Otutu-polled, 475, 293 and 215 votes respectively.
Princess Chukwuemeka emerged as the Vice-President unopposed. Others elected include-Felix Onyekwere, Secretary-General; Oluchi Ujoh, Assistant Secretary-General; Ireland Adaobi, Director of Socials; Ndu Rock Okeke, Director of Welfare; Chimezie Ezemdi Zionel, Public Relations Officer; Uchenna Reuben, Treasurer; Ozioma Eluwa, Director of Sports; Alugo Victor, Financial Secretary; and Amaka Kelechi, Director of Transport.
The Abia State chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) was also around to observe and monitor the election. Speaking to Campusbeats shortly after the declaration of the results, the treasurer, NANS, Abia State chapter, Comrade Okwusi Rodney Nnamdi, said the election was free and fair.
He hailed the electoral team for what he described as “a job well done.”
Jeniffer Obiah, a 100-Level student of Medicine, lauded the efforts of the security and electoral team in making the election free of malpractice and violence.
For Bonaventure Ifoegbu, “The election was devoid of hitches, which is commendable.” He also expressed optimism that the leaders will work hard to make the union better.
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