Dr Chris Ofokansi of Anekwem Village Igbariam, Anambra East Council Area have been elected as the President General of the community .
Dr Ofokansi who contested with Engineer Uche Okafor recorded four hundred and forty while his opponent,Mr Okafor scored one hundred and eighty eight and emerged winner to run affairs of the community for two years.
Correspondent, Amaka Chibuzor Okoye monitored the election and reports that Igbariam community because of communal crisis have stayed for twelve years without having town union elections and has now organized election for various positions as part of measures towards restoring peace,unity and progress in the community.
The election which attracted Ndi Ojiana, Ndi Ichie, Irunabo, kingsmen, youths and other prominent men in the community was witnessed by officials from office of the Local Government And Chieftancy Matters, with heavy presence of security men and was conducted through option A4 format.
Speaking shortly after the election, at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church Igbariam, venue of the election, the Transition Committee Chairman, Anambra East Council Area, Barrister Obi Nweke who is an indegene of the the community noted that with the conclusion of the elections, Igbariam would come together, champion course for peace and progress and enjoy the dividends of democracy from government.
The leader of the delegation from Local Government And Chieftancy Matters Office,Mr Anthony Emelife who is also a Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Chieftancy Matter’s said the election was free,fair and credible nothing that Ndi Igbariam have spoken having elected the candidate of their choice, advising them to work together to restructure their community.
In his reaction, the First National Vice President Of ASATU, Professor Charles Nwadigwe observed that the election was devoid of rancor and was well organized assuring that ASATU is working to ensure that status of communities continues to improve to entrench grassroot democracy and sustained development.
In their separate remarks, the Chairman of Ubaru village Igbariam Chief Lambert Atomba and Engineer Uche Okafor thanked God for for giving them a candidate who can attract government presence to Igbariam snd prayed for a successful tenure.
While expressing gratitude to God and Ndi Igbariam for choosing him, the new President General,Dr Ofokansi assured that he would champion the course of peace, progress and development of Igbariam calling on the people to work with him in ensuring transformation and restructuring of the community .