By EDISON Okereke
The newly elected Publicity Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Prince Charles Ebem Njoku, has painted a lyrical picture of its 8th Biennial Delegate Conference, describing it as beautiful.
He made the observation in an interview with newsmen shortly after emerging victorious in a keenly, journalists-monitored, free and fair election of the union, on Thursday, at the NLC House, New Owerri.
He described the union election as more rigorous and modern than the conventional elections because they are professionally involving and challenging in organizing.
Njoku appreciated the delegates that participated in the conference.
According to him,”…it is a beautiful election that selected the best. You saw the positions were keenly contested and honourably won because the best candidates emerged victorious.
“You know our elections are more rigorous and more modern than the conventional political elections because the elections are held by men — people of integrity; professionals; people who know what they want.”
Appreciating its outcome he stated: “I want to, on a very, very, very high note appreciate the delegates that participated in the day’s conference. The attendance was marvellous and seemed to have cut across all cadres. The enthusiasm shown by local government workers in the state that made them attend the delegate conference was commendable. I want to appreciate them; I want to thank them.”
Comrade Njoku came tops other two –Comrade Patrick Iron 39 votes, and Comrade Patrick Okoronkwo 4 votes –with 138 votes.
In a related development, the treasurer, Comrade Johnbosco Obodo, has promised to join his team not to let their colleagues down.
While thanking God for a successful election to continue in the good work “We started in NULGE Imo State since last year,” he said, “We promised to fight for the welfare of NULGErians in the state. We promised to be law-abiding in the discharge of our duties. And we promised to fight for the cause of the common worker in the state.”
Obodo said the election was a testimony of the will of the people over forces of darkness because as he put it: “the people exercised their franchise without fear or let.”
Comrade Obodo pulled 172 votes to beat other four contestants for the position.