Ike Nnachi, Abakaliki
Peace has returned to Ishiagu Community Development Union (ICDU) following the emergence of Architect Moses Ajah as the winner of the President General election at the weekend.
He scored 185 votes against his rival Joseph Chukwu who polled only two (2) votes.
Chairman of the electoral committee, Mazi Ogbonnaya Onu, who announced the results at Ishiagu Civic Centre, Ishiagu, noted that 234 voters were accredited for the election.
He also added that Monday Chukwu polled a total of 108 votes to emerge as the Vice President while Comrade Ukwu Lawrence Igwe scored 144 to become the secretary general and Orji Elijah Okechukwu polled 128 to become the Financial Secretary.
Others are Emmanuel Ngwoke who Polled 95 votes to become the Treasurer, Paul Chukwu polled 65 votes to become the PRO, and Nnamdi Aro who polled 63 votes to become the Provost.
Congratulating the contestants and the elected candidates, former Senate President, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, charged the ICDU executives to discharge their duties effectively for the development of their community.
He ordered that all candidates that withdrew, screened out or lost the election should be refunded their forms purchase fees.
In their separate remarks, the Commissioner for Rural Development Chief Ikeuwa Omabe and the Commissioner for Border Peace and Conflict Resolution Mr Fonatus Ilang, lauded the Ishiagu Community for the peaceful conduct of the election.
They however charged them to continue to maintain peace stressing that Governor Francis Nwifuru is a man of peace.
The immediate- past President General of the Union and Special Assistant to Governor Francis Nwifuru on Solid Minerals, David Aja, commended the processes of the election that brought his successor which according to him was very peaceful without crises as it used to be.
“Everything I saw today is very clear and there was no trouble, no violence and this shows a sign of a peaceful governor. Governor Francis Nwifuru, has been so peaceful since he became the governor of Ebonyi State.
“If not, today, the Isiagu Community Development Union election used to be violent because people used to fight or wound one another but because of the peaceful condition, the election was done free and fair.”
“My only advice to the President General is to promote peace like our Governor,” he said.
The newly elected President General, Arch. Moses Ajah, thanked the Ishiagu Community for electing them peacefully and assured that they will serve the community with the fear of God.
“I am filled with joy. This position is a call for challenge because it is the advocacy that I have been a part of, which is community rendering service to the people; and it does not matter where your heart is, or how small you are.
“What matters is your love for the people and your zeal for your people and I have been involved in this for several years and I am glad that I am still in it irrespective of the fact that some say I am too big for the position but the truth of the matter is that I am not more than my people.
“So it is the quality of this that I, and my executives are willing to serve the people. We do not have the intention of reinventing the wheel because the wheel has long been reinvented and we are going to hit the road running with the wheel already there,” he said.