By David Diai
The Delta State Head of Service Mr. Patrick Origho has emerged as the new Chairman of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, UIAA, Asaba Chapter.
He emerged after the alumni members at the general meeting, hosted by immediate past head of service and outgoing chairman, Sir Paul Evuarherhe, adopted him as the sole candidate for the position and unanimously endorsed him in a voice vote as the next chairman of the chapter.
Other officers who were elected, in keenly contested elections, into the new UIAA, Asaba Chapter executive, include Mr. Samuel Ilabor, a lecturer and Head of the Department of Chemistry, FC(T)E, Asaba, as 1st Vice Chairman and Barr. Kuagho, who works with the Delta state Civil Service, as 2nd Vice Chairman, respectively. Ilabor defeated Mrs. Janet Okagbare by one vote; 17-16, while Kaugho outwitted Chuks Ehire 19-16 in very keenly contested polls.
Mr. Jude Fejoku of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism was elected unopposed as the Assistant Secretary while Mrs. Janet Okagbare, a banker, emerged as Financial Secretary. A bye election was then scheduled for the the next meeting date to elect officers into the positions of Secretary, PRO, Treasurer and Internal Auditor, amongst others.
The election, which was conducted by a three man electoral panel made of of Mr. Nwemdi Nwaham, Chukwuma and Tams Nzerem, was peaceful, fair and very credible and had enjoyed a great boost when all the members of the immediate past executive council, who had also been cleared to re-contest for various positions in the new elections, however opted not to return to the next exco, after the house agreed to the pleas by Sir. Evuarhere and National President, Dr. Kemi Emina, who was also the incumbent 1st Vice Chairman, in the overall interest of the association.
Mr. Patrick Oyambevwe Origho, who hails from Usiefrun in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta state, had long been tipped by members of the UIAA, Asaba Chapter, as the most acceptable candidate to take over the leadership of the association, after Sir, Evuarhehe, but his succession had been delayed by several internal issues within the association that truncated elections for over a year, following the expiration of the mandate of the Evuarherhe led exco, until Saturday, June 13, 2015, when the matter was finally brought to a successful conclusion.
He had served meritoriously as the Secretary of the UIAA, Asaba chapter at the early stages of the association and his total commitment and monumental efforts to sustain the survival of the Chapter at that time has become legendary.
Mr. Origho has also continued to be a solid pillar of support for the association both in the state and the National body till date and his regular attendance of meetings and admirable participation in virtually all the activities of the UIAA, Asaba chapter has endeared him to the members and engendered a feel good effect of great things to come and better days ahead as he assumes the leadership of the association.