Ume-Ozokwelu retains Presidency of Nkpor New auto spare parts
By Uzo Ugwunze, Ojoto
Chief Elisius Ume-Ozokwelu regained the presidential position of Nkpor New Auto Spare Parts Market following his victory at the rescheduled executive election on Thursday. Majority of the incumbent executive also won their re-election after a meticulous and strenuous accreditation and voting via option A4 open ballot system.
The election formally slated to hold January 16, 2020 at the market but postponed amidst tension and for security reasons later held at Bethany House, Onitsha under tight security.
Addressing newsmen, the Commissioner for Trade, Commerce, Markets and Wealth Creation (TCMW) Hon. Uchenna Okafor said the choice of venue and non-interference of Government was to ensure free and fair election.
“Governor Willie Obiano is very security conscious. To restore the confidence of traders we brought this election to this secured environment to ensure that traders do the right thing”, said Okafor.
The Anambra State Market Amalgamated Traders Association (ASMATA) President General, Chief Ikechukwu Ekwegbalu said that he was happy to witness the election which he adjudged as credible, free and fair.
Also, Director of Markets, Ministry of TCMW, Nkiruka Eboh-Nwosu thanked all stakeholders for their patience saying that the commotion people were envisaging did not happen as traders voted their choices.
The Executives comprises Chief Elisius Ume-Ozokwelu, President; Mr. Ikechukwu Onyegbu, Vice President; Mr. Uchenna Malobi, Secretary; Mr. Christopher Okeke, Assistant Secrtary; Mr. Ignatius Ezeike, Treasurer; Mr. Alexander Orji, Financial Secretary.
Others are Mr. Chukwujekwu Nwankwo, Public Relation Officer; Mr. Ikechukwu Ikegbunam, Welfare officer; Mr. Okechukwu Onwudiwe, Secular bearer; Mr. Chibuzor Okeke, Provost.
Presenting his acceptance speech, Chief Ume-Ozokwelu thanked Governor Obiano, the Commissioner and electoral committee for their objectivity assuring the traders that his leadership will improve within the next four years.
According to the VP, Ikechukwu Onyegbu” We shall perfect the project with started which include; Re-sinking water borehole, tarring of intra-market roads, purchasing of two giant electricity generators to minimize noise in the market.
Moreover, the Secretary, Malobi who said that he would serve the market with the best of his ability described the Commissioner for TCMW as a rare breed and TB Joshua of the ministry and markets.
Also, The Financial Secretary, Orji said he would maintain accountability and transparency saying he was the first in the history of Anambra markets to distribute detailed accounts of Union’s transactions to all traders.
Meanwhile, the Zonal ASMATA Oyi LGA, Mr. Chike Obiegbu while inaugurating the executives charged them to run an inclusive leadership and not to disappoint the traders who gave them the mandate.
However, the major market’s presidential aspirant Mr. Stephen Ofodile though present refused to stand in for election claiming that he was not satisfied with the peaceful accreditation supervised by both Ministry of TCMW and ASMATA.