By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
The immediate past Chairman of the Akwa Ibom State Council of Nigerian Legion, Capt. Joseph Esu (rtd, has been re-elected into office for another term of four years.
The exercise which took place on Friday at the Conference Room of the State’s Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Uyo, saw Capt Esu polling 27 out of 31 votes cast to emerge the new Chairman.
Others officers elected were Master Warrant Officer Friday Ogodi, Retired, as State Vice Chairman, Warrant Officer Edet idung, Retired, as Treasurer. Both scored 31 and 21 votes respectively to return elected.
Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, the supervising Ministry of the Legion in the State, Dr Ini Adiakpan who witnessed the election, commended the Legioners for their peaceful conduct of the exercise.
Dr Adiakpan, reassured members of the Legion that the state government would continue to support them and their activities through the Ministry in order to ensure their better welfare, and wellbeing.
She said the state government holds members of the Legion in the state in high esteem, as they are the Nation’s Heroes and Heroines, stressing that without them the would not have been Nigeria.
“Your election has received the blessings of the state governor, His Excellency, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, therefore government won’t forget the services you rendered in the course of keeping Nigeria as One Nation.
“As members of the Legion in Akwa Ibom, your immense contributions to guarantee security of lives and property, and to maintain the territorial integrity of the state are commendable,” Dr Adiakpan stated
The Commissioner, who charged members of the Legion to remain relevant and be Ambassadors for the state wherever they found themselves, also urged them to support their new leadership to enable the elected officers to succeed.
In his acceptance speech, the newly elected Council Chairman of the Legion in State, Captain Joseph Esu, Retired, pledged to run an opened door administration to ensure growth, peace and transparency in the Council.
Describing their election as “no victor or vanquished, Capt Esu said that the Legion in the state would not be disappointed in the confidence of electing them to pilot the affairs of the Council for another tenure of four years.
“Therefore, I pledged not to run an administration founded on rumour, intimidation and threat, rather I will welcome ideas and inputs that would help move the Legion forward”, the new Chairman posited.
The election which was conducted peaceful, was supervised by Elizabeth Obuba who representated the Ministry of Defence, Abuja while the Legal Adviser in the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Bassey Eka, Esq., administered the Oath of Office and Alliance to the newly elected officers as well officers of the 31Area Councils of the Legion in the state.