Abia governorship: Otti masses’ choice  – Abia INEC Staff

...ISWA holds end-of-year party


By Leonard Okachie
The Chairman, INEC Staff Welfare Association (ISWA) in Abia, Mr Collins Eze, has said that the commission’s staff members could  not have done anything to stop Dr Alex Otti’s victory in the March 18 Governorship poll.

Eze said that Otti’s emergence was simply the “choice of the masses”.

ISWA members in pose front of the association’s newly unveiled secretariat.

He spoke during an interactive session with newsmen on the sideline of the group’s Annual General Meeting and end-of-year party in Umuahia.

He expressed gratitude to God for the success of the general elections in the state.

Asked if the staff could have changed the result, he said: “There is nothing we can do because Otti was the person Abia people demanded.

… Mr Charles Echefu (HOD, Operations), representative of the acting Administrative Secretary, INEC,  unveiling the ISWA House.

“We, as INEC staff, did the right thing by insisting that the right thing must be done.

“The 2023 governorship election in Abia was free and fair – we did not try to re-write results or do otherwise.”

Earlier in an address of welcome, Eze said that they were celebrating the year end in thanksgiving to God “after all the hustle and bustle” and tidious task of conducting the 2023 elections.

ISWA Chairman, Mr Collins Eze, delivering a speech at the occasion.

He gave account of his stewardship, saying that his administration recorded significant  achievements in its three years.

The list included the amendment of the association’s Constitution and completion of its secretariat.

Others were the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Mortgage Bank for staff loan under the ongoing Home Renovation Loan to civil and public servants.

In a remark, the state Acting Administrative Secretary, INEC, Mr Kingsley Onyeri, commended the commission’s staff members for ensuring that they did the right things that ensured free, fair and credible elections.

… Award presentation to deserving members.

Onyeri, represented by the state Head of Operations, Mr Charles Echefu, urged both ISWA and other staff members to continue to promote cordial relationship in the commission.

He also urged them to always engage in conducts that would uplift the interest and image of the commission.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Eze and other members of his executive were returned unopposed at the event  for a second term.

The celebration also featured the presentation of awards to deserving members and distribution of Christmas gifts to members.

Another major highlight of the event was the inuaguration of the ISWA House on INEC premises. (NAN)